Brown Sugar Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 9, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 7, 2002
A crumb of psychology would have helped.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
October 11, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 11, 2002
Too much about Brown Sugar is carried out with utmost decorum, as if writer-director Rick Famuyiwa were bringing hip-hop home to meet the parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
Yo, it's The Days Of Our Lives meets Electric Boogaloo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Terri Clark
Apollo Guide
March 22, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
November 19, 2002
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The plot is romantic comedy boilerplate from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Miller
Village Voice
October 8, 2002
Their love fails to resonate as anything more than a shared musical passion.
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 10, 2002
The obligatory break-ups and hook-ups don't seem to have much emotional impact on the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Marian Liu
San Jose Mercury News
October 10, 2002
Hip-hop is simply the newest tool for the same tired script of childhood friends who go down different paths only to realize they are each others' destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 10, 2002
Despite crisp photography and the director's gift for building a scene, the film doesn't click until the third act.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 10, 2002
Guy gets girl, guy loses girl, audience falls asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 20, 2002
Hip-hop rarely comes alive as its own fire-breathing entity in this picture.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Levine
Filmcritic.com
October 11, 2002
Not sweet enough to liven up its predictable story and will leave even fans of hip-hop sorely disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Piccoli
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 11, 2002
This plodding romantic comedy about two friends falling in love has little of the punchy wit and storytelling dexterity that makes hip-hop a worthy source of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 8, 2002
Watching the characters go through the paces of their unconvincing jobs is like flipping through the pages of GQ (or Architectural Digest) to admire all of the perfect models.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 26, 2002
All of the filmmakers' calculations can't rescue Brown Sugar from the curse of blandness.
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
October 7, 2002
It has so many tropes that a teenager could construct a plot line just by connecting the dots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 8, 2002
Synthetic and rather bland--more like 'Brown NutraSweet.'
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 11, 2003
Jeet Heer
National Post
October 15, 2002
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Nitrate Online
October 11, 2002
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October 11, 2002
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October 11, 2002
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October 12, 2002

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October 12, 2002

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October 21, 2002

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August 5, 2003

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February 1, 2004
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June 24, 2006
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