The Best Man Reviews

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Milton Kent
Baltimore Sun
November 14, 2013
Lee comes at the topics refreshingly, taking the African-American male, one of the least explored groups in film, and placing him under a microscope, not for judgment, but for observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
November 14, 2013
Ultimately when it's all said and done, Best Man remains always a groomsman, never a groom: It backs down on its promise to both challenge and entertain, opting instead for the easy laugh--and the pat ending.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 15, 2013
Entertaining romantic drama ponders commitment, fidelity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
The wedding weekend entails predictable conflict and resolution, by way of some excellent performances.

Total Film
April 11, 2012
A fresh romantic comedy that's somewhat let down by a wayward plot, The Best Man is well worth watching for the outstanding ensemble acting and the intelligent, schmaltz-avoiding handling of love, marriage and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 11, 2012
Viewers who mistake the didacticism for stylistic weakness miss much of the point of this nicely toned movie.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
December 11, 2006
A festive few hours that often delights.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The Best Man is a decent character driven effort and a light night out at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
So much for the under-powered plot, from tyro writer/director Malcolm D Lee, to which the tiresome unearthing of nice guy Harper's previous dalliances contributes little.
Kay Dickinson
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
In his earnestness Lee forgets that we need engagingly defective objects of mockery for comedy to work and instead falls back on characters who exhibit no demeaning flaws.
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
September 18, 2002
When it comes right down to it, The Best Man isn't exciting, it isn't poignant, and the lessons learned in the end aren't particularly worth learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The glossy ensemble cast is consistently interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
[The] equivalent of a Rock Hudson/Doris Day comedy, in the worst sense.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
With a surprisingly good script and a very able cast, The Best Man is far better than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2001
Very nicely done all around, a fine motion picture for any old time, but super great for the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 21, 2001
Malcolm D. Lee is clearly a director to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
See it twice!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 1, 2000
This smooth, glossy, enjoyable film showcases an impressive new authorial voice.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
If you ask me, it's impossible to not like a film that ends with the entire cast doing the electric slide to Cameo's '80s funk classic 'Candy.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee, a cousin of Spike Lee whose company produced the film, quickly demonstrates that film-making talent runs in the family, having genuine good fun with the universality of intimate male/female relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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