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      Who Do You Love

      Released Apr 9, 2010 1 hr. 32 min. Drama Biography List
      40% 25 Reviews Tomatometer 67% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Leonard Chess (Alessandro Nivola) founds a record company in 1950s Chicago and helps launch the careers of such artists as Muddy Waters (David Oyelowo) and Chuck Berry. Read More Read Less
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      Critics Consensus

      It boasts an interesting cast, and the music remains unimpeachable, but this Chess Records biopic suffers from a workmanlike script -- as well as comparisons to its recent predecessor, Cadillac Records.

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      Audience Member Kind of boring but the music is fantastic. The subject matter (the creation of Chess Records) is really interesting but the movie really felt like it was playing it safe with the story, only showing very calculated negatives in Leonard Chess' personality. One wonders if that was because his son was involved with this production? Also why was Etta James portrayed as a woman named "Ivy" in the movie, especially when she was singing "At Last"? Weird. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader It was muscled out of the marketplace by Cadillac Records, Sony's glossy, star-studded movie about Leonard. But it's clearly the better movie, earthier, wittier, and more intimate in its treatment of America's racial divide in the 1950s. Apr 30, 2010 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times I think more edge is needed, more reality about the racial situation at the time, more insight into how and why R&B and rock 'n' roll actually did forever transform societies in America and the world. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 29, 2010 Full Review Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor In the end, the most striking thing about Leonard is that he never seems to stop smoking. Rated: B- Apr 23, 2010 Full Review Matt Pais Metromix.com Crackles with the sense of discovering genius that's ready to be heard and distributed. Rated: 3.5/5 Apr 29, 2010 Full Review Nora Lee Mandel Film-Forward.com Isn't the blues supposed to be cathartic and rock 'n' roll liberating? Recording maestro Chess is too tense and grim, and there are few joyous musical moments. Rated: 5/10 Apr 11, 2010 Full Review Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine An engaging portrait of the man behind the artists. Rated: 4/5 Apr 9, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Leonard Chess (Alessandro Nivola) founds a record company in 1950s Chicago and helps launch the careers of such artists as Muddy Waters (David Oyelowo) and Chuck Berry.
      Director
      Jerry Zaks
      Executive Producer
      Gideon Amir, Dennis A. Brown
      Screenwriter
      Peter Wortmann, Bob Conte
      Distributor
      International Film Circuit [us]
      Genre
      Drama, Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 9, 2010, Limited