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Jersey Boys

7/10
Music . Drama . Biography
 

From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and many more.

 
Actors: Christopher Walken , Vincent Piazza , Freya Tingley , James Madio , Sean Whalen , Kathrine Narducci , Francesca Eastwood , Mike Doyle , Steve Schirripa , Barry Livingston , John Lloyd Young
Directors: Clint Eastwood
Country: USA
Release: 2014-06-20
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  • Lou Lumenick

    Jersey Boys tells a familiar story, yes — but rarely told this well and with this much heart and soul.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    When it comes to any larger questions about what was lost or gained, and whether Frankie Valli’s odyssey was worth it, Eastwood throws up his hands. Who knows? He’s made a thoroughly tolerable and non-insulting summer movie for grown-ups; isn’t that enough?

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Eastwood may never show us his boys discovering themselves under that street lamp, but he gives us a clutch of moments worth treasuring — and mostly without overdoing it.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It’s a universal, American “anyone can make it” success story that has uplifting appeal onstage, and in Mr. Eastwood’s capable hands, the joy spreads like apple butter.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    You're in that world, sucked in by the music and the performances. Appreciate the big things, but while watching, also pay attention to the little grace notes that make up a quality production.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Christine Dolan

    That built-in nostalgia is part of the reason for the success of Jersey Boys onstage and for its appeal as a movie.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    However messy this overextended and oddly compelling work feels from moment to moment, the end result evokes the life of working artists without sentimentality or undue grandeur.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    This is a special Jersey Boys universe crafted specifically for fans — among whom you can pretty clearly count Clint Eastwood.

    NPR Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Eastwood, as always, has simply done things his own way, and the result is a leisurely old-school entertainment with a bit more edge than you may be expecting.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Jersey Boys is a good movie, and the performances are first-rate. But Eastwood should have roughed things up a little more.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Once the quartet makes it big, things get predictable really fast. Eastwood seems to forget that audiences made The Jersey Boys a touring sensation because they love the songs, not because they want to see yet another "Behind the Music"-style tale of fame and fortune not being all they're cracked up to be.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The biggest problem is that the film, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, never makes a convincing case for why Valli the man or the singer matters beyond the music in the way that "Ray" and "Walk the Line" did for Ray Charles and Johnny Cash.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The film's notable quality is the music and as soon as one song is finished, we're ready for the next one. Unfortunately, there are often long passages of dialogue and narrative to endure before getting there.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's the Mob connection that allows Eastwood to add shading and a sharper edge.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Fans of the play will be pleased. And for those that love the Four Seasons’ music but haven’t made it to the play, you can put your fear of missing out to rest. This is a much more affordable way to very nearly re-create the experience.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Jersey Boys the movie is a different, more sedate animal than "Jersey Boys" the Broadway musical.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Jersey Boys is a strange movie, and it’s a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    As the most comfortable performer among this inexperienced cast, Walken brings a crucial maturity. In contrast, Young seems to have been hired primarily for his uncanny falsetto.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Imagine "Goodfellas" without much in the way of stakes, and you’ll get Clint Eastwood’s pleasingly square and forgettable adaptation of the Tony-feted 2006 jukebox musical.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Half "GoodFellas," half "Dreamgirls," Jersey Boys is an appealing take on a grit-to-glamour biopic. What it ultimately fails to do, though, is convince.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A dash of showbiz pizzazz has been lost but some welcome emotional depth has been gained in the big-screen version of the still-thriving theatrical smash Jersey Boys.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The sole bright spot is Christopher Walken playing a benevolent Mafia don.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The unfortunate trade-off of Eastwood’s efficient, real-deal classical direction is his stubborn commitment to the script.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Charlie Schmidlin

    Wall-to-wall fantasyland showbiz, expertly shot and boasting fine performances, but it is in the spirit world between stage and screen where it loses its footing.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    To be fair, some of it is good, very good. Jersey Boys has an easy, likable gait. It’s Eastwood’s most fluid film: He gets the swing of the music without fancy editing.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    The singing talent is there, but Eastwood and writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise opt for a more realistic depiction of events. They transform Jersey Boys from jukebox musical to movie biopic, exchanging one much-maligned genre for another.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    For one of the few times in Eastwood’s career as a director, he seems indecisive about what kind of movie he wanted to make.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    What was blandly charming on stage — characters addressing the audience, ultra-broad jokes and showbiz patter — feels contrived, cheesy and cliched onscreen.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Whatever the cause, the movie turns sour when the singers aren't singing. And the first-person accounts don't work at all, even though much of their substance comes from the show.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Eastwood's unvarnished storytelling style, usually his strength as a filmmaker, is terribly out of place here. If ever a movie needed flashbacks, dream sequences, any attempt no matter how cliche to goose the narrative, it's this one.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Between the high-gloss, desaturated prestige-picture look of the film and the visibly fakey soundstage sets of the Jersey boys’ hometown, Jersey Boys feels plastic and artificial throughout. There’s no sense of authentic urgency or intensity to any of it.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Louis Black

    The film is fun. It could have been produced by Ross Hunter but wasn’t, maybe even directed by Vincente Minnelli, although he probably would have screwed with it a lot more.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    It works in the hits, and it casts singers who make those hits sound virtually identical to the original versions. What the movie doesn't do is answer the question, “Why did I just spend 134 minutes watching the Frankie Valli episode of ‘Behind the Music'?”

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    As handsome as his compositions are, Eastwood’s filmmaking simply doesn’t have the snap or the feel for rhythm that the script’s rapid-fire theatrical patter requires, and the relative dearth of prominent musical performances turns what could have been a dancing-in-the-aisles romp into a bit of a slog.

    Variety Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Eastwood is rarely a careless director, even when his handling on the material is this badly fumbled, but even his typically astute command of period and place feels off here.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Sparks like that are scattered through, and yet the sad fact is that Jersey Boys is a mess. Parts of it feel half-finished.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    So why is the Jersey Boys film a turgid botch? Eastwood’s résumé hints at a reason. His affinity is for American standards as improvised on piano or guitar by indigenous artists in smoky nightclubs, not for the tightly wound, impeccably pounding songs that Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe wrote for the Four Seasons.

    Time Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Rather than embracing the jangling song-and-dance numbers that made the live version box-office catnip, Eastwood sheepishly tidies them into the background, treating the project instead like a standard music-industry biopic.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Eastwood, who once upon a time was a flavorful director, is working in movie-of-the-week mode here. Cheesy, direct, bland.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Daniel Green

    A lacklustre, frustratingly inconsistent work of music history sugar-coating.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    It never reaches the soaring, cloud-busting heights of Frankie Valli’s otherworldly falsetto, and it doesn’t even try.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Behind the familiar hits, Jersey Boys is a story about the pressures and rewards of professionalism. Far too little of that has made it into this biopic. It’s just too mediocre to be true.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Late to the game, blandly cast and scripted with every Italian American cliche in the “How to Make Spaghetti” cookbook, it is Eastwood’s worst film as a director.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The worst thing about this multifaceted failure is the two-time Oscar winner behind the camera. Where there ought to be a director, there’s nothing but an empty chair.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
Add Soundtrack
  • 8. Sunday Kind of Love Performer: John Lloyd Young, Michael Lomenda and Annika Noelle Stream Music Online
  • 32. December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) Performer: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Stream Music Online
  • 36. My Mother's Eyes Performer: John Lloyd Young (uncredited) and Christopher Walken (uncredited) Stream Music Online
  • 37. You're The Apple of My Eye Performer: Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda and Johnny Cannizzaro Stream Music Online
  • 41. Workin' My Way Back to You Performer: John Lloyd Young (uncredited), Erich Bergen (uncredited), Michael Lomenda (uncredited) and Vincent Piazza (uncredited) Stream Music Online
  • 42. Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'bout Me) Performer: John Lloyd Young (uncredited) Stream Music Online

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