Blue Like Jazz Reviews

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 22, 2013
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Barbara Vancheri
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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
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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.
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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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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
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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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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
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
This is a movie with heart but too many distractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 10, 2012
May be more nuanced than the usual Left Behind fire-and-brimstone sermonizing you find in much contemporary pro-Christian cinema, but it still leaves behind a sulfuric stink.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.