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Black Dynamite (2009)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: A loving and meticulous send-up of 1970s blaxsploitation movies, Black Dynamite is funny enough for the frat house and clever enough for film buffs.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: A loving and meticulous send-up of 1970s blaxsploitation movies, Black Dynamite is funny enough for the frat house and clever enough for film buffs.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 14,828


Movie Info

African-American action legend Black Dynamite goes after 'The Man' for killing his brother Jimmy, for pumping heroin into local orphanages and for flooding the ghetto with hopped-up malt liquor.

R (for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Jai White , Byron Keith Minns
In Theaters:
Feb 16, 2010
Box Office:
Sony Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Black Dynamite

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (9) | DVD (8)

The portentous dialogue, two-track-recorded soundtrack (by Adrian Younge) and eager performances are all highly diverting.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Black Dynamite will stir some pleasant memories.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

If the joke is somewhat one-note and eventually told too long and too often, at least it's a good joke.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Before an hour has passed tedium overtakes Black Dynamite -- one corny martial-arts sequence turns out to be plenty -- and all the good jokes dry up.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Even though it sounds funnier than it plays, between the song and the nun chucks, I was happy.

Full Review… | October 26, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The details are perfect, from the particle-board sets to the porn-ready score. (And dig those polyester suits.) But just like the movies it parodies, this one feels over long before it's actually done.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

As the titular ex-CIA man, White reveals comic talents to match his martial artistry, delivering one-liners and roundhouse kicks with the same killer precision.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Total Film

Outta sight!

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

A brilliant laugh-out-loud slapstick crowd pleaser made with love and talent.

August 13, 2010
Little White Lies

Fond and very funny homage to the exploitation era.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
Empire Magazine

Hilarious, and at just 85 minutes long, never outstays its welcome.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010

A pin-sharp send-up of 1970s blaxploitation.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
News of the World

It works as well as it does largely because it displays such a genuine affection for the genre it pays tribute to.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Ultra Culture

An enjoyable, frequently hilarious action comedy with a witty script and a terrific performance from Michael Jai White...

Full Review… | August 11, 2010

Once you catch on to the string of in-jokes, the movie never stops making you laugh...

Full Review… | August 1, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Such a bland and lifeless experience even the most ardent of Scott Sanders or Michael Jai White fans will do well to not grow bored before the end.

Full Review… | July 28, 2010
Fan The Fire

If the Man has got you down and your VHS copies of 'Shaft,' 'Superfly,' 'Dolemite' and 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' are all worn out, 'Black Dynamite' is here to save the day.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010

... a dead-on parody of the sloppy filmmaking, aggressive overacting and slapdash writing of the cheapest films of the genre.

Full Review… | February 17, 2010

Truly the funniest movie of 2009. Yeah, bust-a-gut hilarious. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | January 31, 2010

Here, the acting, framing, focus, blocking, editing, sound and film processing all nail down the period so perfectly... It looks, sounds and feels as if it were shot in 1972.

Full Review… | January 18, 2010

As Dynamite kung-fu-fights his way through a vast conspiracy involving smack-addled orphans, malt liquor, and the best (read: worst) exploding-car scene of 2009, you'll feel a rush of '70s nostalgia you never knew you had.

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Black Dynamite gets the details right, but so what? The result is like watching rightly vilified movies such as Epic Movie, Date Movie, or Meet The Spartans, but without as many scenes of characters being kicked in the balls.

Full Review… | November 10, 2009

Audience Reviews for Black Dynamite

Kung fu treachery and anaconda malt liquor!! Theres not much more I can say other than I loved this movie!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

An ex-CIA agent, Kung Fu expert and lovin' machine known only as Black Dynamite avenges the death of his brother, cleans up the streets and sticks it to The Man in this homage cum parody of 70s blaxploitation movies. Scott Sanders is obviously a connoisseur of the genre as the whole film is pretty much spot on when sending up every detail of its intended target. There is the cast of casually racist and sexist stereotypes, the painfully clumsy exposition, laughably over the top action sequences and ham-fisted pseudo-messages as well as the usual glaring continuity errors, missed cues and clod hopping yet irresistibly funky music score. Michael Jai White not only looks the part but also is actually almost too good at the high kicking martial arts sequences. The one drawback is that it can enter Naked Gun territory (particularly during the fist fight with Richard Nixon!) without being quite funny enough to carry it off but at the same time is not quite clever enough to be a Tarantino/Rodriguez style pastiche. But it is consistently entertaining for its brief running time and will provide plenty of knowing chuckles to fans of Blaxploitation.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


An amusing and sometimes hilarious tribute to low-budget 1970s blaxploitation films, with clumsy zooms, saturated colors and intentional filming errors to create the illusion of belonging to that era - something Tarantino should have done better in his Death Proof.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A fun homage to old school cinema and brings out humor that isn't found anymore with today's raunchy crap. There is at least one joke that will make you giggle or roar in laughter. In short, Black Dynamite is just hilarious!

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

Black Dynamite Quotes

Black Dynamite: The worse thing about these pushers getting these children addicted to this new smack is that these children are orphans, and orphans don't have parents.
– Submitted by Joseph B (20 months ago)
Cream Corn: I'm runnin' things. I'm runnin' tha-a-a-a-a-ngs.
– Submitted by Fab L (2 years ago)
Gunsmoke: That ain't ego... that's how we go.
– Submitted by James A (2 years ago)
Black Dynamite: Do you see where I'm coming from you jive motherfucker!
– Submitted by Robert S (2 years ago)
Black Dynamite: I am declaring war, on anybody who sells drugs in our community. Chocolate Giddy-Up: But Black Dynamite, I sell drugs in the community!
– Submitted by Nick R (2 years ago)
Black Dynamite: Euphoria, shut the fuck up! I know that was you and I ain't even gotta look! I should send yo ass back to Crenshaw Pete wit his hot ass coat hangers bitch! Would you like that?!
– Submitted by Josh P (3 years ago)

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