Jersey Boys

2014

Jersey Boys

Critics Consensus

Jersey Boys is neither as inventive nor as energetic as it could be, but there's no denying the powerful pleasures of its musical moments.

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Clint Eastwood's big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical.(c) Warner Bros.

Cast

Christopher Walken
as Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo
John Lloyd Young
as Frankie Valli
Vincent Piazza
as Tommy DeVito
Erich Bergen
as Bob Gaudio
Michael Lomenda
as Nick Massi
Kathrine Narducci
as Frankie's Mother
Lou Volpe
as Frankie's Father
John Cannizzaro
as Nick DeVito
Scott Vance
as Detective #1
Steve Rankin
as Detective #2
Annika Noelle
as Nick's Date
Clint Ward
as Officer Stanley
Michael Butler Murray
as Backup Musician #1
William Watterson
as Backup Musician #2
David Storm Newton
as Guy at the Bar
David Newton
as Guy at the Bar
John Duerler
as Bartender
Keith Loneker
as Knuckles
Kathryn Ann Reeves
as Tommy's Girlfriend
Allison Wilhelm
as Coat Check Girl
Francesca Eastwood
as Waitress #1
Alexandra Ruddy
as Waitress #2
Travis Nicholson
as Country Singer
Joe Abraham
as Rockabilly Singer
Meagan Holder
as Jazz Singer
Chaz Langley
as Hal Miller
Lou George
as Publisher #1
Michael Lanahan
as Publisher #2
Phil Abrams
as Publisher #3
Mike Doyle
as Bob Crewe
Aria Pullman
as Attractive Woman
Tye Edwards
as Crewe Bartender
Nancy La Scala
as Art Loving Woman
Katelyn Pacitto
as Bubble-Head #1
Kara Pacitto
as Bubble-Head #2
Sean Whalen
as Engineer
Heather Ferguson Pond
as Miss Frankie Nolan
Angel Murphy
as Jazz-Cat
John Griffin
as Billy Dixon
Billy Gardell
as Our Sons Owner
Donnie Kehr
as Norm Waxman
Grace Kelley
as Francine (4)
Steve Monroe
as Barry Belson
Danielle Souza
as Scatily Clad Woman
Alexis Krause
as Party Girl
Elizabeth Hunter
as Francine (7)
Maggie Beal
as Antonia Valli
Ashley Rose Joyner
as Celia Valli
Jackie Seiden
as Angel #2
Kyli Rae
as Angel #3
Jeff DePaoli
as Stage Manager
Troy Grant
as Ed Sullivan
Jeremy Ratchford
as Police Officer
Barry Livingston
as Accountant
Rob Marnell
as Joe Long
Miles Aubrey
as Charlie Calello
Johnny Dinu
as New Season #3
Ben Rauch
as New Season #4
David Crane
as Hanlon Inn Clerk
Freya Tingley
as Francine (17)
Marco Tazioli
as Bad-News Boyfriend
Joe Howard
as Priest
Matt Nolan
as Engineer #2
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Critic Reviews for Jersey Boys

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (111) | Rotten (104)

  • A scattered, haphazard, thoroughly confused film that can't figure out if it's meant to be a winningly cutesy musical or a gritty narrative about life in crime-ridden 1950s New Jersey.

    Dec 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Christopher Walken plays a gangster who can fix anything; maybe he should have taken charge of the film.

    Jun 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's just that there's a particular combination of looseness, swagger, camaraderie, melancholy and melody in the last sequence; the film itself is solid and entertaining, but right at the end it all comes together in a moment of imaginative flight.

    Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Jersey Boys comes to life only toward the end.

    Jun 22, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's glossy and entertaining but also safe and conventional. If my father had lived to age 72, he would have loved this movie. This is your target audience.

    Jun 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • At times the movie version of "Jersey Boys" captures the electric excitement of the musical, but for every soaring moment, there are 10 minutes of bickering or brooding.

    Jun 20, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jersey Boys

  • Mar 28, 2015
    This was just an okay musical for me. The story just isn't that extraordinary although the cast does well. It starts out moderately exciting and never climbs above that standard.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2014
    Eastwood's the right guy to make a movie about The Four Seasons, unfortunately a lot of the cast are amateurish over-actors, the make-up is laughably awful, and the source material was never strong enough to work as anything but a flashy stage show designed to feed baby boomers insatiable nostalgia.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2014
    A dull, uninvolving and derivative biopic full of the clichés that Eastwood has by now become an expert on, and it doesn't give us any reason why this story deserves to be told or what makes those characters remotely interesting besides Frankie Valli's voice.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2014
    As Tommy DeVito(Vincent Piazza) puts it, there were three ways to escape the tough streets of Belleville, NJ in 1951. One by army, two by crime, and three by making it big and two out of three are not bad. For Frankie(John Lloyd Young), working in his father's(Lou Volpe) barber shop is not an option when he wounds big shot Gyp DeCarlo(Christopher Walken) while trying to shave him at work. Crime is not an option either as Frankie seems inept at that, lucky to escape any jail time after a botched robbery. Then there is his beautiful singing voice but getting it out to the people is harder than it sounds. In an engaging and entertaining style, "Jersey Boys" tells the story of the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, by showing the unique combination of personalities that can lead to a creative success can also lead to its downfall. In bringing this popular stage musical to the screen, Clint Eastwood makes a couple of wise decisions in allowing for the characters to still directly address the audience, allowing for multiple points of view, and keeping the original cast, thereby keeping the stunt casting to a minimum. Even as the movie might be a little too long, admittedly, it does find just the right emotional climax.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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