• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Craig Brewer
    In Theaters:
    Mar 2, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 26, 2007
  • Paramount Vantage


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Black Snake Moan Reviews

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The concept works better in esoteric theory than it does in actual practice.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 17, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs

Rae's body-as-cliché remains intact, whether spilling out of her t-shirt or wrapped up in her little white wedding dress.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

March 17, 2007
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The collision of ideals is also where Black Snake Moan shines as a statement on the value of the cultural melting pot.

Full Review

March 15, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Moody and full of atmosphere, this film has a terrific premise, but no plot to speak of. It's an intriguing character study, beautifully filmed and acted but ultimately somewhat empty.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/4

March 15, 2007
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Feels about as authentic as the radiator in that semi-tropical countryside, where the only steamy stuff one can imagine being generated, is from that temptress in heat chained up to it.

Full Review

March 13, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a strange, politically incorrect and controversial film. It defies all expectations.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

March 11, 2007
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

The pace may be uneven but the music side of this album is worth watching and especially listening to.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2007

This edgy story may seem heavy and dark, but it's infused with a great deal of humor.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 9, 2007
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

While writer-director Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan isn't the film his earlier Hustle & Flow is, it's got its peculiar Southern Gothic appeal. Moan transcends its trashy, exploitative trappings, rising to a homey sort of salvation.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 7/10

March 9, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...compelling, surprisingly non-expoitative...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2007
Tony Medley

A dismal trailer and misguided promotion make this look like a gothic horror story, when, in fact, it is a feel good love story.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 7/10

March 7, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Is it trash or art? Maybe it's a bit of both. It's certainly one of the most 'alive' films out there.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

March 7, 2007
Brent Simon

Succeeds as a startling vehicle of reinvention for Ricci, even if its exploitative topcoat is a bit of a put-on, shuck-and-jive routine.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

March 6, 2007
Jeff Otto

Jackson's best performance in more than a decade

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 9/10

March 6, 2007
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

This could all too easily be seen as an offensive conceit exploiting real-life sexual trauma for exaggerated screen imagery, but the film works because the performers make it feel real.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 6, 2007
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

This is a bluesy, emotional journey that casts a powerful spell.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 5, 2007
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

And the Oscar for Best Performance in Her Underwear goes to ... Christina Ricci, playing a pint-sized Jezebel who gets a spiritual wedgie from a half-crazed, blues-singing black man named Lazarus.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

March 5, 2007
Angela Baldassarre

Watching Christina Ricci being beat up, raped and chained semi-naked to a radiator, while Samuel L. Jackson spews stereotypical drunken Southern-black-man rhetoric, makes this blues-infused melodrama almost unbearable.

Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

March 5, 2007
Peter Sobczynski

Tells its screw-loose story in such a forthright manner and with such heedless and fearless energy that you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen, even if you are busy rubbing them out of sheer disbelief.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

March 5, 2007
Eric D. Snider

Even at its most ludicrous, Black Snake Moan stays somehow believable. You think, 'I can't believe I'm buying this,' but the fact remains, you're buying it.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

March 5, 2007
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