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Brown Sugar (2002)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 29

Though predictable and possibly too sweet, Brown Sugar is charming, well-acted, and smarter than typical rom-com fare.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 9

Though predictable and possibly too sweet, Brown Sugar is charming, well-acted, and smarter than typical rom-com fare.



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A woman wonders if it's just friendship or real love she feels when a close male friend announces he's tying the knot in this romantic comedy. Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) became best friends when they were ten years old -- the same time that both first became aware of the first rumblings of the Hip Hop revolution in New York City. Today, Dre runs a successful record label, and Sidney is a respected music journalist; both have managed to turn their love for the music into careers,


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Michael Elliott, Rick Famuyiwa

Feb 11, 2003


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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (29) | DVD (15)

It's predictable, but it jumps through the expected hoops with style and even some depth.

October 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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You don't have to know about music to appreciate the film's easygoing blend of comedy and romance.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Makes the sweet case that sincerity strikes the biggest romantic sparks.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Lathan and Diggs make an immensely likable couple, and the supporting cast strikes all the right notes.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Takes every convention of the romantic comedy genre and turns it on its ear.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie plays cute more than smart, but it's far from dumb -- and marks yet another baby step forward in the growing sophistication of African-American film.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The spirit of the old school echoes strongly throughout the film and parallels the purity of the passions and personalities of the paramours.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

Brown Sugar manages to take hip-hop's well-established history and make it digestible for audiences not necessarily tied directly into the core of that culture.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Fine performances from Diggs and Lathan give life to an otherwise rehashed love story, but musician Mos Def steals the show.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

All in all, Brown Sugar is a satisfying well-made romantic comedy that's both charming and well acted. It will guarantee to have you leaving the theater with a smile on your face.

December 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

The plot is romantic comedy boilerplate from start to finish.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Hip-hop rarely comes alive as its own fire-breathing entity in this picture.

November 20, 2002
Creative Loafing

True to its title, this hip-hop When Harry Met Sally is plenty sweet, but is that what we really want from a film set in the world of rap music?

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Brown Sugar takes an old tale and tells it in a fresh, modern way. The music's pretty good, too.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Brown Sugar is nothing you haven't seen before, but if you're into the whole New York-based romantic comedy thing, you'll probably find it a blast.

November 1, 2002
Matt's Movie Reviews

Hip-hop has a history, and it's a metaphor for this love story.

October 27, 2002 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A lot more dimensional and complex than its sunny disposition would lead you to believe.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's rare that a movie can be as intelligent as this one is in every regard except its storyline; everything that's good is ultimately scuttled by a plot that's just too boring and obvious.

October 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

"Brown Sugar" admirably aspires to be more than another "Best Man" clone by weaving a theme throughout this funny film.

October 15, 2002

Brown Sugar needed a little more flavor.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Lathan and Diggs have considerable personal charm, and their screen rapport makes the old story seem new.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Not sweet enough to liven up its predictable story and will leave even fans of hip-hop sorely disappointed.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source:

A smart, sassy and exceptionally charming romantic comedy.

October 11, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

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A great movie!
April 12, 2007
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