Review’s for Clint Eastwood’s The Four Seasons film are decidedly mixed. The majority of reviews collected on RottenTomatoes.com (and across the internet) are positive, not raves, but a cautious recommendation. There are some negatives reviews but even those make it clear Jersey Boys isn’t a bad film – it just might not be a great one.
- Steven Rea, Philadephia Inquirer: “Eastwood, directing his 33d film, adds some keen-eyed realism to the showbiz schmaltz.”
- Andrew Parker, Variety: “Embracing neither the fizzy energy of a Vegas-ready tuner, nor the grit of a warts-and-all biopic, the film nonetheless has its own peculiar charms, and should be able to capitalize on the source material’s enduring popularity for a respectable if modest B.O. haul.”
- Todd McCathy, Hollywood Reporter: “A dash of showbiz pizzazz has been lost but some welcome emotional depth has been gained in the big-screen version of the still-thriving theatrical smash Jersey Boys.”
- Tom Long, Detroit News: “Jersey Boys” hits the high notes with ease, and offers the low ones for contemplation.”
- William Bibbiani, Crave Online: “The plot and execution of Jersey Boys demands a certain amount of momentum and zeal that Eastwood’s restrained approach never quite captures.”
- Chris Knight, National Post: “When it’s not too busy talking, Jersey Boys sings.”
It appears that is you are looking for a fast paced, high energy musical Jersey Boys may not be the movie for you. But if you are looking for a decent adaptation of the Jersey Boys Broadway play, this might be worth seeking out. I think that Eastwood has a certain style with all of his films – he relishes small moments and doesn’t feel the need to speed up a narrative if he thinks there is an emotional payoff at the end of the film.
As there are no huge movie stars in Jersey Boys the success of the film will be dependent on people going to the film based off of their knowledge of the play or Eastwood and recommending it to their friends. I’ll be interested in see how Jersey Boys ranks with Eastwood’s other recent directing efforts: J. Edgar and Hereafter.