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Miles Ahead

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Don Cheadle

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About the Movie

Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining exploration of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis' life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 170
  • Fresh: 125
  • Rotten: 45
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: [Such] pat psychologizing of a notoriously complex personality undercuts the swirling chaos of the 80s narrative. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jul 8, 2016

Fresh: Cheadle -- directing his first feature -- creates a film whose nerve its hero would surely admire. – Danny Leigh, Financial Times, Dec 27, 2016

Fresh: Cheadle's performance is sublime ... the movie looks absolutely sensational ... Unfortunately, all of this brilliant, top-notch work is undermined by a seriously misguided script ... Recommended with serious reservations. – CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia), Jun 28, 2016

Fresh: Cheadle is compelling, but his movie sometimes struggle to make the many elements harmonious. – Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age, Jun 19, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie

I absolutely loved this movie. Don Cheadle really embraced the essence of Miles Davis.

Well done.

This is one of the better music biopics I've seen. This is a difficult genre to get right and Cheadle & co really pulled it off.


I wasn't feeling "the reason and the rhyme" of the story, so, I turned it off after about 10 minutes of viewing. However, it might be a good story to other people.

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