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Black Snake Moan Reviews

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
March 17, 2007
The concept works better in esoteric theory than it does in actual practice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
March 17, 2007
Rae's body-as-cliché remains intact, whether spilling out of her t-shirt or wrapped up in her little white wedding dress.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
The collision of ideals is also where Black Snake Moan shines as a statement on the value of the cultural melting pot.
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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 15, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 13, 2007
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.
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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 11, 2007
This is a strange, politically incorrect and controversial film. It defies all expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 10, 2007
The pace may be uneven but the music side of this album is worth watching and especially listening to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2007
This edgy story may seem heavy and dark, but it's infused with a great deal of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 7/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 8, 2007
...compelling, surprisingly non-expoitative...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
March 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
March 6, 2007
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.
Jeff Otto
March 6, 2007
Jackson's best performance in more than a decade
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 5, 2007
This is a bluesy, emotional journey that casts a powerful spell.
| Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Angela Baldassarre
March 5, 2007
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.
Peter Sobczynski
March 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Eric D. Snider
March 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: B+
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