The Quincy Jones documentary "Quincy," which debuts Sept. 21 on Netflix, had its world premiere Sept. 9 at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and the reviews are mixed-to-positive. The movie (which was directed Jones' daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks) is getting praise for the revealing access to Quincy Jones and archival footage, while the criticism says that since the documentary was directed by a Jones family member, it sometimes comes across as too fawning and not objective enough to further examine subjects that Jones might not want to discuss.
Quincy Jones' most famous collaborations were with Michael Jackson (Jones produced Jackson's Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad albums), but Jackson was curiously not mentioned or seen at all in the star-studded trailer for "Quincy." Jackson fans have no need to worry, since Indiewire reports in its positive review that there is rare footage of Jackson in the "Quincy documentary," such as a scene with Jackson in the studio recording Off the Wall, and a candid moment of Jones and Jackson backstage at the 1984 Grammy Awards, when their victories for the Thriller album dominated the ceremony.
Indiewire, which gave the "Quincy" movie a "B+" grade, concluded its review by saying the "Quincy" documentary is "a jaunty stroll through the last half-century of music history and a fitting tribute to a living legend." The Hollywood Reporter had this assessment of the "Quincy" documentary: "The material is rich and the cast list starry, but the overall package veers a little too close to gushing vanity project in places." Slate had a similar observation: "It’s an enjoyable and intermittently revelatory documentary that does a fine job of celebrating its subject’s accomplishments while never quite achieving the degree of intimacy that it strives for and occasionally pretends to achieve."
Canadian publication Now was less impressed, by saying: "In Rashida Jones’s documentary tribute to her own father, Quincy Jones, we see previous tributes to the legendary producer, which is just some next level redundancy." Meanwhile, Variety's review noted that "the plentiful footage Jones and Hicks unearth brings welcome life to what could have been a staid highlight reel."
As previously reported, a TV tribute special to Quincy Jones is in the works, although the network that will air the special is still to be determined.