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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
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October 27, 2014

While this doc certainly could've used more texture, and sometimes races along like a cinematic Wikipedia entry, Gibney accomplishes his task at hand, showing exactly why Brown has had the ability to "stay on the scene" for decades, and decades to come.
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October 27, 2014

A documentary film on the life and times of James Brown as the times made the music and the music shaped the times, it is a long, soulful scream over an insistent funky vamp.
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New York Times
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October 27, 2014

This is a smart, informative and compassionate look at the artist known as the Godfather of Soul, whose music changed America.
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October 27, 2014

There's so much to the Brown story that focus becomes an issue in a film like Alex Gibney's "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown." How do you capture the hardest working man in show business in just two hours?
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November 03, 2014

His fans will also get a kick out watching him sing, dance, and showboat as only he knew how to do. But if you don't care for the singer or his music, chances are that you'll lose interest in it before it's over.
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October 27, 2014

People make documentaries about musicians all the time, and some of them are rich with insight. But even among the best of the bunch, few are as thorough about the artist's music as Alex Gibney's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown.
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October 26, 2014

Mr. Dynamite is a strikingly varied and substantial portrait of an intensely complex artist.
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October 27, 2014

Alex Gibney's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown is an assured threading-of-the-needle, slowly working its way to the sweet spot where the man and the legend overlap.
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