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Blue Like Jazz Reviews

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June 15, 2012
[It] playfully serves up more food for thought than most comedies we've seen so far this decade.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
Might make a like-minded double feature with The Way, but Miller's propaganda-lite eventually suffers in comparison.
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 18, 2012
dares to confront its audience, both secular and religious, by honestly dealing with the complexities of religion, politics, and personal identity
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 13, 2012
Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 13, 2012
An uncommon thoughtfulness about spiritual issues distinguishes this otherwise generic coming-of-age story.
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 13, 2012
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.
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today
April 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 13, 2012
It is - somewhat surprisingly, given the heavy-handed subject - neither sanctimonious nor preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2012
It tackles existential struggles that many of us grapple with - and the film industry virtually ignores - while doing so in an entertaining way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 12, 2012
Doesn't forget to be entertaining or ask questions, rather than walloping an already converted audience with a hammer of propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 12, 2012
It's a glorious anomaly: a subtle, sophisticated, open-minded, and courageously non-judgmental Christian film even non-believers can enjoy. Hallelujah!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2012
Blue Like Jazz charts a typical existential coming-of-age tale, yet remains atypical by being hip while also treating religion fairly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 7, 2012
Deeply religious lad attends party-loving secular college with intriguing, mixed results
Full Review | Original Score: B
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
April 4, 2013
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.
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Barbara Vancheri
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: D+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 22, 2012
reveals the shallowness of the college years in which an otherwise legal adult can act like a child well into his 20s
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 22, 2013
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