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Brown Sugar Reviews

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Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

November 9, 2002
Todd McCarthy
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A crumb of psychology would have helped.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 7, 2002
Brian Orndorf

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

October 11, 2002
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2002

Yo, it's The Days Of Our Lives meets Electric Boogaloo.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 11, 2002
Terri Clark
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 67/100

March 22, 2003
Adam Nayman

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 Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 19, 2002
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

The plot is romantic comedy boilerplate from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 8, 2002
Michael Miller
Village Voice
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Their love fails to resonate as anything more than a shared musical passion.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 8, 2002
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The obligatory break-ups and hook-ups don't seem to have much emotional impact on the characters.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2002
Marian Liu
San Jose Mercury News
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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 Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2002
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Despite crisp photography and the director's gift for building a scene, the film doesn't click until the third act.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 10, 2002
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Guy gets girl, guy loses girl, audience falls asleep.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

October 10, 2002
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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

| Original Score: 2/4

November 20, 2002
David Levine

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 11, 2002
Sean Piccoli
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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 Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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 Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

October 8, 2002
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

All of the filmmakers' calculations can't rescue Brown Sugar from the curse of blandness.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 26, 2002
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth

It has so many tropes that a teenager could construct a plot line just by connecting the dots.

Full Review Source: Phantom Tollbooth | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 7, 2002
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Synthetic and rather bland--more like 'Brown NutraSweet.'

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

October 8, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 11, 2003
Jeet Heer
National Post
October 15, 2002
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Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
October 11, 2002

Arizona Republic
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October 11, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Houston Chronicle
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October 12, 2002

Boston Phoenix
October 12, 2002

Orlando Weekly
October 21, 2002

August 5, 2003
February 1, 2004

Time Out
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