Blue Like Jazz Reviews

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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-
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+
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 13, 2012
"Blue Like Jazz" is a pleasant film, as well-intentioned as the character Don himself, but it ducks the thorniest questions of faith and dogma while patting itself on the back for realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
One only has so much patience ... for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
April 12, 2012
Like the definition of jazz, "Blue Like Jazz" never resolves itself. It's a meandering medley of disconnected solos, too intent on avoiding predictability or a conclusion to actually come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
April 13, 2012
This micro-budgeted indie tries to appeal to everyone by not offending anyone... except those who like movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
April 13, 2012
The film's heart is in the right place; it just can't make the rest of its parts function smoothly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 12, 2012
It's a drab movie about big ideas, best suited for die-hard fans of Miller's writing. Newcomers will have to fight tremendously hard to stay invested in the humdrum antics and banal confessions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 27, 2012
... two-dimensional characters, trite and stilted situations, and awkward, arch dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
April 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
April 12, 2012
The kind of work that thinks it's saying something important but feels more pretentious than precious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
April 12, 2012
Don's crisis of faith, which should be the movie's core and engine, is never really convincing. It's spelled out but dramatically inert, lost among the yuks of the Reed kookiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
The outcome rarely seems out of God's hands, and the filmmaking is low-budget-earnest to the point of drabness - it's not a movie to make converts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
An overlong mishmash of coming-of-age comedy, social satire and spiritual think-piece whose ultimate stance on religion feels awfully fuzzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Barbara Vancheri
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
April 13, 2012
... not compelling or provocative enough to effectively translate its progressive message for a wider audience.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 13, 2012
"Blue Like Jazz" is a movie that apparently wants to do for Jesus what "Garden State" did for The Shins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
April 12, 2012
Lost in a "sea of individuality," the hero evolves, devolves, and is born again. It's a painless, not highly memorable journey that is tailor-made for Young Christian discussion groups -- and that is not bad in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.7
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 22, 2013
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