How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company Reviews

Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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May 29, 2008

Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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November 27, 2006

[Van Peebles] could surely survive a more critical and complete look at his extraordinary life and times.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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January 20, 2006

... enlightening doc ...

| Original Score: 3/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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January 20, 2006

Angio's film is an excellent introduction, but it won't be long before you realize that his subject is too complex to be contained in a single admiring tribute.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joshua Land
Village Voice
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January 19, 2006

How to Eat is finally nostalgic, albeit less so for Van Peebles, who at 73 remains active on multiple artistic fronts, than for a lost era when brash individualism and radical politics seemed to go hand in hand.

A.O. Scott
New York Times
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January 19, 2006

This documentary about the pioneering black filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles is nearly as mischevious and fascinating as its subject.

| Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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January 19, 2006

Melvin Van Peebles gets the idolatrous treatment in this documentary by first-time director Joe Angio.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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January 19, 2006

Frisky, enthralling and inspiring.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4