(2012)

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100
A masterful documentary to rival Macdonald's "Touching The Void."
100
The tunes, flooding every frame, remain perfect.
91
Marley was directed by the gifted Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), who shows off his chops not by doing anything dazzling - the film is documentary prose, not poetry - but by treating Marley as a man of depth and nuance, of inner light and shadow.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae.
90
Village Voice
Thoroughly researched and packed with phenomenal archival footage, it's a rousing tribute to a mesmerizing performer that forgoes blind hero worship.
88
Marley, an ambitious and comprehensive film, does what is probably the best possible job of documenting an important life.
80
The Guardian
What results is an immensely detailed overview of Marley's life and times, from the hillside Jamaican shack where he grew up to the snowy Bavarian clinic where he spent his last weeks in a fruitless attempt to cure the cancer that killed him in 1981, aged 36.
80
Every second is earned in Macdonald's long, generous and rigorously detailed Bob doc. You might wish for more live material but what's here is stirring, probing and moving.
80
Kevin Macdonald's generous, absorbing, family-authorized documentary on the late, still-reigning king of reggae music.
80
The New Yorker
Inspiring though Marley is, however, it tends to deploy his music purely as an illustration of his life. Not once, as far as I could tell, do we watch a song being played straight through from beginning to end. [23 April 2012, p.82]

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