Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

critic Reviews

94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score94%
  • Entertaining for longtime fans as well as casually interested viewers, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool burnishes the legacy of a brilliant artist.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Josh TerryDeseret News (Salt Lake City)
    Like Davis' own life, Nelson's film follows a predictable pattern - which seems a little sad given the dynamic style of Davis' music. But that may not matter for those happy to just get lost in the atmosphere of Miles Davis' music.
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    Brandy McDonnellThe Oklahoman
    Though not as groundbreaking as its subject, the expansive documentary showcases the jazz icon's innovative, ever-changing musical style while at least acknowledging the damage his personal demons wrought...
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    This exceptional two-hour take covers a whole lot of ground and gives the music center stage, as it should.
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    Peter SobczynskieFilmCritic.com
    A perfectly polished work that will serve as a solid introductory primer for those unfamiliar with his history while offering up enough juicy bits of performance footage to satisfy fans.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    One really would rather listen to the music, instead of hearing the same talking points about it.
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    John UrbancichYour Movies (cleveland.com)
    Nelson tells Davis' warts and all story with plenty of room for remarkable bits of information, scholarly comments from an assortment of names and faces, and historical rhythms of Bebop that simply might drive jazz devotees to the brink in a good way.
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    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    The result, for the most part, is pleasant and informative, if not particularly inspiring or revelatory. But now and then, the music and images can't help but break through.
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    James VerniereBoston Herald
    Miles Davis is a constantly evolving musical genius in Stanley Nelson's "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. "
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    Glenn DunksThe Film Experience
    Stanley Nelson's film shoves entire generations of content into its runtime.
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    Glenn DunksOnya Magazine
    Stanley Nelson's film shoves entire generations of content into its runtime.
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