Am I Black Enough For You? Reviews

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Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 3, 2009
Slightly woolly overall, though you might find yourself buying the CDs. I did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Jordison
Film4
July 3, 2009
A touching story, relatively well told with the bonus of a fine backing track and eloquent interview subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
July 3, 2009
The film succeeds in making us want to check out the singer's back catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Uncut Magazine [UK]
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sun Online
July 3, 2009
An intriguing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 3, 2009
An affectionate and thoughtful portrait of an artist.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 3, 2009
Despite a few structural problems, Am I Black Enough For You is an engaging and ultimately uplifting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
July 3, 2009
The old fella's still got it, but you'll wish you knew more about him.
| Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 3, 2009
Am I Black Enough for You is a brain-curdling essay in docu-sycophancy.
Robert Hanks
Independent
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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