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Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Streisand concert for fans old and new; some cursing.

Movie NR 2017 106 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Very disappointing and significantly below past performances.

Mechanical Barbra who sings with no genuine emotional quality and poor musical dynamics. Phrasing is off and she seems to be just going through the motions. Voice quality is okay, but she is not singing from the heart. The musical soul is sadly missing. Arrangements are mediocre and there is too much irrelevant, unnecessary chatter. The use of profanity is totally unacceptable and unprofessional. This performance is nothing like her early performances which were exceptional.

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Streisand proves that music, talent, and the ability to connect with her audience is ageless; six decades of one-of-a-kind excellence continues. And, she knows that audience. Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic is top-to-bottom Streisand at her most emotional and soaring. The filmed inclusion of some of the stars who appear with her on her latest duet album add spice to the show. A number in which Barbra performs alongside film of the late Anthony Newly is particularly affecting. The directing, editing, and production design are all top-notch. Barbra, who co-directs/co-writes, is obviously always in charge. She surrounds herself with fine musicians, dazzling backup singers, and a well-thought-out program. Satisfying and heart-warming for Streisand fans, this concert is available on streaming services, which is a delightful way to introduce her to new audiences, especially younger ones. An incomparable performer singing exceptional songs is able to cross generational borders. This movie proves it.

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