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Am I Black Enough For You?

Am I Black Enough For You? (2009)

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The story of the singer who soared into the stratosphere with his breakout single "Me and Mrs. Jones", then plummeted back to Earth when his funky follow-up "Am I Black Enough for You?" proved dead on arrival. Billy Paul was a Philadelphia soul artist who could have easily been as big as Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield, but the radical lyrics of his sophomore single proved too polarizing for white America of the 1970s. In the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, amity and personal gain frequently

Mar 23, 2010

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (6)

Slightly woolly overall, though you might find yourself buying the CDs. I did.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's not enough about the conflicts between Paul and those who controlled his records but this is a fan-like yet not too oleaginous tribute.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A touching story, relatively well told with the bonus of a fine backing track and eloquent interview subjects.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It all boils down to a complete lack of focus on the part of the film-makers. Not only do they fail to get their questions answered, they also run out of material so disastrously.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Philadelphia's soul legend Billy Paul takes centre stage in this intriguing documentary, which teases out the nuances of his complex and often painful career.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The film succeeds in making us want to check out the singer's back catalogue.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The old fella's still got it, but you'll wish you knew more about him.

July 3, 2009
Little White Lies

It's clear that there isn't enough imagery to cover the narrative. This is a 50-minute radio programme stuck in 90 minutes of pixels.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The feeling that the film's subject has been over-stretched isn't helped by some crass overdubs of Paul's live performances. Authenticity starts at home.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

This illuminating doc looks back on the Philly singer's life and times. It reveals a vast talent who lost his way through a combination of drugs and bad business decisions.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

An intriguing documentary.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Am I Black Enough for You is a brain-curdling essay in docu-sycophancy.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Olsson, a Swedish enthusiast, doesn't manage to resolve the questions or even convince me that they're interesting enough to sustain a whole film.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

An affectionate and thoughtful portrait of an artist.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Despite a few structural problems, Am I Black Enough For You is an engaging and ultimately uplifting film.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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