[A] moving, observant documentary about the relationship between the ailing 93-year-old legend and master trumpeter Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin, a blind pianist Terry successfully mentored.
Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2015-01-12
"Keep on Keepin' On" might document the passing of a musical torch from one century to the next, but for one sticking point: The first torch plain refuses to go out.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-12-04
What really makes Keep On Keepin' On such a heart-tugging, three-handkerchief crowd pleaser is that at heart, it's a buddy movie.
Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-11-21
Terry produced some of the happiest sounds in the history of jazz; Keep on Keepin' On keeps the smiles coming.
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, 2014-11-14
As joyful as a jumping jazz riff, Keep on Keepin' On is an inspiring story of devotion, dedication and multi-generational friendship.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2014-11-13
Steadily a portrait emerges of a man who is an inspiration as much for his character as for his talent.
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic, 2014-11-13
A celebration of music, perseverance and human connection, "Keep on Keepin' On" is for both jazz lovers and lovers of life.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-10-31
One need not be a jazz aficionado to enjoy this film. All that's required is a smile.
David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-10-31
If the film introduces more people to Terry's music, it will have more than served its purpose.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2014-10-30
As Terry's health declines, the documentary takes on a rather ghoulish aspect; at one point both his legs have to be amputated, and Jones, himself pushing 80, shows up for an emotional reunion that one assumes will be the men's last.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2014-10-16
The stories unfold in parallel, occasionally intertwining, and as one narrative examines a glorious past, the other focuses on an uncertain future.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2014-10-09
Terry seems happy just about all the time.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2014-10-03
It's genuinely nice to see a man of Terry's stature put his faith in an artist of a younger generation, their bond strengthened by a shared love of music.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2014-10-03
Alan Hicks's affectionate and moving look at the relationship between the great trumpeter Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin, a talented young pianist.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2014-10-02
The movie hits a beautiful, celebratory note.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-10-02
Seeing a living legend laid up in an oxygen tent shouldn't be fun. But in Alan Hicks's doc Keep On Keepin' On, it somehow is.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2014-09-30
[A] lovingly made first-hand account.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-09-19
Intimate and affectionate ...
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2014-09-18