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83
The film's lack of such signature Hendrix tunes as ''Purple Haze'' may put off some - the filmmakers couldn't get the rights - but I'd argue that this obstacle forced Ridley to zig where most biopics zag. Which, when you think about it, is fitting for the story of a lefty who played his guitar upside down.
80
The result is an unpredictable film, a difficult approximation of a biopic. But it delivers a Jimi Hendrix experience somehow the richer for sidelining the man and subverting his music.
80
What moviegoers do get is a film both thoughtful and convincing, sympathetic but not flattering to a man who had just three years after this period's end to make himself immortal.
76
A closer, richer examination of a slice of time as specific as it is short.
75
The movie has a tossed-off, caught-on-the-fly exuberance that works like a charm.
75
That's something else Ridley and his actors do: make you appreciate what a life it was - impossibly short, impossibly brilliant.
75
What's fascinating about Jimi: All Is By My Side is not only its decision to show us this particular chapter in Hendrix's life, but also the way it teases out the shadings in a famous figure we only think we know so well.
70
Unsatisfying on a musical level, it's nonetheless a well-acted, sporadically impressive piece of filmmaking.
70
Sure, the hits would have been nice. But it says something about Jimi: All Is by My Side (and Benjamin's performance) that it is still a success without them.
63
Maybe Jimi: All is By My Side is as good a Jimi Hendrix bio-pic as we'll ever get, at least so long as there are legal entanglements strangling the late guitar god's legacy.
63
Opting for scenes that tend to be fragmented, flawed snippets from a much bigger story, the film exudes a bizarre confidence in not trying to encapsulate the singer's whole life in 120 minutes.
63
At times Jimi: All Is By My Side feels pure authentic. More often, though, it's meandering and melodramatic, with far too many scenes of Hendrix jabbering and squabbling with two key female figures in his life, and not enough of the music.
60
Whatever its flaws may be - and there are many - John Ridley's Jimi: All Is By My Side is compelling for one specific reason: It's more attuned to the women in Hendrix's life than it is to Hendrix himself.
60
There's no real pleasure in any of the musical performances. And when married to the scenes exploring Hendrix's tumultuous personal life-particularly his semi-abusive relationship with long-term girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell)-you're left with a monotonously grim portrait that's more rewarding in theory than execution.
60
Ridley and Benjamin have done more than capture Hendrix's moves and sounds. They've captured his spirit.
50
Perhaps faithful to the spirit of the man, but frustrating if you're actually curious about the facts.
50
Here is where All Is By My Side runs into trouble. The real Etchingham has said, forcibly, that this didn't happen - not the beating nor her subsequent attempted suicide, shown in the film.
50
In making the movie, writer-director John Ridley had to negotiate with the Hendrix legend - that is, reality had to accommodate audience expectation. In that sense, Jimi: All Is by My Side does a reasonable job.
25
The film is not only one dimensional when it comes to its subject, but also of the time and place where Hendrix arrived.

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