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Brown Sugar Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's predictable, but it jumps through the expected hoops with style and even some depth.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

October 26, 2002

Houston Chronicle
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October 12, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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You don't have to know about music to appreciate the film's easygoing blend of comedy and romance.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 11, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Makes the sweet case that sincerity strikes the biggest romantic sparks.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Lathan and Diggs make an immensely likable couple, and the supporting cast strikes all the right notes.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2002
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Takes every convention of the romantic comedy genre and turns it on its ear.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2002
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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The movie's attention to cultural context really does separate it from anything that came before, including the winning, but finally irrelevant, When Harry Met Sally...

| Original Score: 3/4

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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Bland if amiable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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There's something unintentionally comic in the film's drumbeat about authenticity, given the stale plot and pornographic way the film revels in swank apartments, clothes and parties.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2002
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Taye Diggs never overdoes Dre's intensity or integrity; he's an understated leading man who is all the more likable because of it. But it's Sanaa Lathan as Sidney who won my heart here.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 11, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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There are times when you wish that the movie had worked a little harder to conceal its contrivances, but Brown Sugar turns out to be a sweet and enjoyable fantasy.

| Original Score: B

October 11, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working on hard decisions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2002

Arizona Republic
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October 11, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 11, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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You could do worse than watch beautiful people making kissy-face with each other.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 10, 2002
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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Sustains the charm of an early 60's New York romance.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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As satisfying as it is sleek, and Famuyiwa inspires carefully nuanced portrayals from his cast.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 10, 2002
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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What really breaks this movie out of the romantic-comedy rut is the setting in which it's told.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

October 10, 2002
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Its likable, easy rhythms are appealing, especially for anyone attuned to the birth and growth of this style of music.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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People are unlikely to leave Brown Sugar with the words 'original' or 'surprising' on their lips, but they are likely to leave with a good-sized smile.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Given the talent and the twist, it's as fresh as the classic Tracy-Hepburn comedies.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Glossy, funny, touching and cute.

| Original Score: 3/5

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
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
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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While it's genuinely cool to hear characters talk about early rap records (Sugar Hill Gang, etc.), the constant referencing of hip-hop arcana can alienate even the savviest audiences.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Predictable and cloying, though Brown Sugar is so earnest in its yearning for the days before rap went nihilistic that it summons more spirit and bite than your average formulaic romantic quadrangle.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 10, 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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Famuyiwa's feature deals with its subject matter in a tasteful, intelligent manner, rather than forcing us to endure every plot contrivance that the cliché-riddled genre can offer.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I like this movie a lot. It's probably the sweetest, corniest movie about hip-hop music you're ever going to see.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 7, 2002
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A crumb of psychology would have helped.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 7, 2002
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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An agreeably charming, brightly performed romantic comedy.

October 7, 2002
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