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Bruno Mars Super Bowl: 2014 Halftime Show gets mixed reviews (Video)

Bruno Mars put on a decent Halftime Show at the Super Bowl 2014 on Feb. 2, but was it great? Watch it again and check out the mixed reviews here now.
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If you missed the Bruno Mars Super Bowl 2014 Halftime Show performance, you might be confused reading reviews of the act. Some are praising Mars for a return to old-school entertaining, while others feel the show was lacking.

Watch video of the Super Bowl Halftime Show online at the above link and check out the mixed reviews below. Then, leave a comment with your own review at the bottom of the page.

Bruno Mars Super Bowl 2014 Performance: Touchdown or Incomplete Pass?

Time magazine entertainment writer Issac Guzman said 'Mars injects soul into the Super Bowl Halftime Show,' while the Daily Beast dubbed the act a "touchdown." For our part, we found it refreshing that the music seemed to be the main thing on display, rather than elaborate set designs or dozens of half-naked girls.

Not everyone was impressed, however. A USA Today critic pegged the act, which featured the songs "Locked Out of Heaven," "Treasure," and "Runaway Baby", as being "forgettable." Among the writer's complaints, the singer didn't perform his most popular song "Grenade." The article states that while "Mars wasn't as bad as the Broncos, he wasn't as good as the Seahawks."

What we appreciated most about the Bruno Mars Super Bowl act was that he didn't sing "Grenade;" he didn't rest on his laurels with an old stand-by. Besides, "Locked Out of Heaven" is just as recognizable and well-produced a song as "Grenade." (And honestly, just as over-played on the radio.) But mostly, everything from Mars' voice and the horn section to the lack of overt sexualization made it feel classier than usual. Ten years out from the whole Janet Jackson nipple incident, and just two since Madonna's 2012 fiasco, we can appreciate a little class. But we wouldn't consider it extremely dynamic or original; it was pretty good, maybe great, entertainment., especially if you were lucky enough to be at MetLife Stadium.

So, what did you think of Bruno Mars? What about the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Leave your thoughts and reviews of the Super Bowl 2014 Halftime Show below.

Click here for the final SB XLVIII score.

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