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Blue Like Jazz Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Sodom and Gomorrah are paradoxically brought back to life in the form of an Oregon-based liberal-arts college in this Christian recruiting video.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C-

May 26, 2013
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

Blue Like Jazz certainly breaks the mould in terms what audiences have come to expect from spiritual cinema, but it refuses to take the necessary leap required to fully redefine mainstream audiences' perception of this niche genre.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

April 4, 2013

A hot mess that somehow manages to somewhat redeem itself by the final frame but sadly not enough to save it from ultimate damnation.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: D+

August 25, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

reveals the shallowness of the college years in which an otherwise legal adult can act like a child well into his 20s

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1/5

August 22, 2012

[It] playfully serves up more food for thought than most comedies we've seen so far this decade.

Full Review Source: Filmwell | Original Score: B

June 15, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Unlike other 'faith-based' films, it lacks a down-on-your-knees come-to-Jesus moment, presenting its young hero as a conflicted Everyman with the same questions about 'the human dilemma' as any sensitive college freshman.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Might make a like-minded double feature with The Way, but Miller's propaganda-lite eventually suffers in comparison.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 3, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... two-dimensional characters, trite and stilted situations, and awkward, arch dialogue.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

April 27, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Blue Like Jazz is a coming-of-age story that lurches around in terms of character and themes, and the result is something a good deal less than it could have been.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

April 25, 2012
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

The vocabulary of faith should not be the exclusive property of one small subset of believers; it is heartening to watch a movie that makes that point with such grace.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

April 19, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

dares to confront its audience, both secular and religious, by honestly dealing with the complexities of religion, politics, and personal identity

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

While one can applaud the desire to offer something less heavy-handed and preachy than the overtly Christian movies that have found their way to theatres in recent years, 'Blue' is too mild and muddled to carry off what it aims for.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

April 14, 2012
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2012
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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The film's heart is in the right place; it just can't make the rest of its parts function smoothly.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C

April 13, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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An uncommon thoughtfulness about spiritual issues distinguishes this otherwise generic coming-of-age story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 13, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

School days have never been wilder onscreen than in this vividly entertaining and funny clash between a young Christian's sensibilities and the ultimate radicalization into which he is seduced.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 13, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... not compelling or provocative enough to effectively translate its progressive message for a wider audience.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

April 13, 2012
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today

Christian moviegoers will find much to challenge them, but those hoping Don's journey leads him to a clear understanding of the gospel might find it a bit unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Blue Like Jazz" is a movie that apparently wants to do for Jesus what "Garden State" did for The Shins.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2012
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The primary problem with Blue Like Jazz is that there is no believable character development.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 13, 2012
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