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Jimi: All Is by My Side

Drama . Music . Biography

A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's pre-fame years.

Actors: André Benjamin , Hayley Atwell , Imogen Poots , Burn Gorman , Ruth Negga , Amy De Bhrún , Laurence Kinlan , Robbie Jarvis , Andrew Buckley , Jade Yourell
Directors: John Ridley
Country: IRELAND , UK , USA
Release: 2014-10-24
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  • Ann Hornaday

    Liberated from playing the hits, Benjamin eloquently captures Hendrix’s emerging style without having to succumb to jukebox-musical opportunism.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    An evocative, probing, enlightening, and impressionistic look at the lesser-known period of Hendrix’s life: the pivotal time from 1966-67 during which the musician discovered his style and voice.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The film's lack of such signature Hendrix tunes as ''Purple Haze'' may put off some — the filmmakers couldn't get the rights — but I'd argue that this obstacle forced Ridley to zig where most biopics zag. Which, when you think about it, is fitting for the story of a lefty who played his guitar upside down.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    With Jimi: All Is By My Side, writer-director John Ridley tries to do for the rock biopic what Jimi Hendrix did for rock 'n' roll itself in the 1960s — explode it, redefine it, and help it find its best self.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The damn thing is, Ridley very nearly makes this insuperable obstacle work to his benefit. He delivers a flawed, ambitious and deeply peculiar portrait of one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic musical talents, in the year before he ascended to rock-god status, that resembles no other pop-music biopic you’ve ever seen. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The key reason "Jimi" doesn't need the signature music is the extraordinary performance of actor-musician André Benjamin.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • John DeFore

    What moviegoers do get is a film both thoughtful and convincing, sympathetic but not flattering to a man who had just three years after this period's end to make himself immortal.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    The result is an unpredictable film, a difficult approximation of a biopic. But it delivers a Jimi Hendrix experience somehow the richer for sidelining the man and subverting his music.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    A closer, richer examination of a slice of time as specific as it is short. Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    That's something else Ridley and his actors do: make you appreciate what a life it was - impossibly short, impossibly brilliant.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    What’s fascinating about Jimi: All Is By My Side is not only its decision to show us this particular chapter in Hendrix’s life, but also the way it teases out the shadings in a famous figure we only think we know so well. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The movie has a tossed-off, caught-on-the-fly exuberance that works like a charm.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Ridley’s ambitions and refusal to treat Hendrix as a solvable mystery are welcome, given how often biopics re-embalm their subjects. Here, a legend is born, and a man too.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Sure, the hits would have been nice. But it says something about Jimi: All Is by My Side (and Benjamin's performance) that it is still a success without them.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Unsatisfying on a musical level, it’s nonetheless a well-acted, sporadically impressive piece of filmmaking.

    Variety Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    At times Jimi: All Is By My Side feels pure authentic. More often, though, it’s meandering and melodramatic, with far too many scenes of Hendrix jabbering and squabbling with two key female figures in his life, and not enough of the music.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    Opting for scenes that tend to be fragmented, flawed snippets from a much bigger story, the film exudes a bizarre confidence in not trying to encapsulate the singer's whole life in 120 minutes.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Maybe Jimi: All is By My Side is as good a Jimi Hendrix bio-pic as we’ll ever get, at least so long as there are legal entanglements strangling the late guitar god’s legacy.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Ridley and Benjamin have done more than capture Hendrix’s moves and sounds. They’ve captured his spirit.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    All Is By My Side ends just as Hendrix is coming into his glory, but Ridley’s film—a remarkable showcase for Benjamin’s acting talent, and a terrible application of what Werner Herzog called “ecstatic truth”—is in the end a tragedy.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    There’s no real pleasure in any of the musical performances. And when married to the scenes exploring Hendrix’s tumultuous personal life—particularly his semi-abusive relationship with long-term girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell)—you’re left with a monotonously grim portrait that’s more rewarding in theory than execution.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Whatever its flaws may be — and there are many — John Ridley's Jimi: All Is By My Side is compelling for one specific reason: It's more attuned to the women in Hendrix's life than it is to Hendrix himself.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Here is where All Is By My Side runs into trouble. The real Etchingham has said, forcibly, that this didn’t happen — not the beating nor her subsequent attempted suicide, shown in the film.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    In making the movie, writer-director John Ridley had to negotiate with the Hendrix legend — that is, reality had to accommodate audience expectation. In that sense, Jimi: All Is by My Side does a reasonable job.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    It’s hard to hear what All Is By My Side is saying about anything, given how many scenes feature vaguely druggy overlapping dialogue, part of a fussy sound design that’s paired with intentionally choppy editing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Perhaps faithful to the spirit of the man, but frustrating if you’re actually curious about the facts.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    The film is not only one dimensional when it comes to its subject, but also of the time and place where Hendrix arrived.

    The Playlist Full Review
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