Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood directs the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about a group of New Jersey friends, from the wrong side of the tracks, who would become '60s pop sensations Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. 

The story shows how lessons learned in the streets of New Jersey got the group through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, personality clashes, Mafia threats and family disasters. John Lloyd Mills Young resumes the role of Frankie Valli in the film version, after two years playing the singer on Broadway (for which he won a Best Actor Tony Award in 2006), joined by Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda as The Four Seasons.

2014Rating: M, Offensive language134 minsUSA
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Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Each band member takes turns narrating the four acts of Broadway adaptation Jersey Boys - the story of 1960’s pop hit machines Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire) as the group’s guitarist and ringleader Tommy DeVito provides the perfect introduction to proceedings. The man responsible for drawing a naïve teenage Frankie (played by golden-voiced Broadway original John Lloyd-Young) into the world of fenced goods, loose women and eventually his pop band, Piazza’s GoodfellasJersey swagger promises a rambunctious, zinger-filled picture.

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Variety

Variety

The relative dearth of prominent musical performances turns what could have been a dancing-in-the-aisles romp into a bit of a slog.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A strange movie, and it's a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A somewhat plodding but still sporadically entertaining affair.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Between the high-gloss, desaturated prestige-picture look of the film and the visibly fakey soundstage sets of the Jersey boys' hometown... feels plastic and artificial throughout.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Solid and entertaining, but right at the end it all comes together in a moment of imaginative flight.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A dash of showbiz pizzazz has been lost but some welcome emotional depth has been gained.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It's entertaining musical biopic territory but rarely steps out of anything but caricature.

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