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Marley

20marley-thumbstandard Featuring dozens of interviews, electrifying concert performances and rare footage, this documentary explores the music, life and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley, from his birth in 1945 to his death from cancer at age 36.
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Netflix Rating: 4.3
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In “Marley," Kevin Macdonald’s documentary, Bob Marley’s life and art are defined by his attempt to reconcile his divided racial legacy. Read the review
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Marley is highly watchable, finely crafted legacy preservation - and it's either a white-washed sham or awesomely shaded.
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail  full review
 
It wants to show us the man behind the famous dreads, beatific smile and durable songs of love, hope and longing. In this task it succeeds admirably.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.
Scott Bowles, USA Today  full review
 
Macdonald supplies some interesting and novel details about the musician's life and art, though the movie's narrative arc and documentary methods are totally predictable.
Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Bob Marley wrote the same song about 8,000 times, and the documentary "Marley" makes sure to include each version.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
This is a life story worth telling, and "Marley" does it much justice. Marley may or may not have been perfect, but he was certainly fascinating.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
It's hard to imagine audiences who don't know much about the man sticking around for more than a few minutes of this. And they're the ones who need to know about him most of all.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
The movie has enormous force - because it's about a genius, yes, but even more so because of the intelligence, passion and wit of the people who knew Marley.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post  full review
 
It's exhaustive without being exhausting, an eye-opening and all-encompassing portrait that should go a long way to rescuing him from being a marijuana mascot.
David Malitz, Washington Post  full review
 
Chronologically organized and voiceover-free, the movie is a 145-minute patchwork of old concert footage and talking-head interviews -- lots and lots of them -- from people who knew, loved, and worked with the reggae giant.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
The enormous popularity of the transcendent reggae superstar shows no signs of abating, a situation"Marley," a moving and authoritative new documentary, takes as its mission to illustrate and explain.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory.
 
The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
A riveting two-and-a-half-hour documentary biography...
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
 
Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
This film is long. But it grabs one's senses and won't let go.
Steve Morse, Boston Globe  full review
 
Clocking in at nearly two and a half hours, it is gripping from the start, not just because of the quality of the music, but because of Marley's magnetic, challenging personality, as well.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
You see a man, flawed and imperfect, finding his way through with his music, constantly searching for his place in the world until that quest was cut tragically short.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
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