Carmen Jones Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 17, 2013
If you're not a fan of opera, you probably won't care much for 'Carmen Jones,' despite some pretty solid acting and scenes that bring postwar America to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 14, 2010
Dorothy Dandridge became the very first black woman to receive Best Actress Oscar nomination for Otto Preimger's audacious (for the early 1950s) all-black musical of the famous opera.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
October 1, 2009
A film in which talented, attractive people sing ugly lyrics to beautiful music in other people's beautiful voices amid ugly shot framing and ill-timed cutting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 27, 2008
Electric performance by Dorothy Dandridge as the sultry whorish Carmen Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 23, 2007
Preminger's heavy-handed adaptation of a Broadway triumph combines gorgeous music with risible lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; the project is saved by a terrific cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 23, 2007
Otto Preminger has transferred it to the screen with taste and imagination in an opulent production.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
Impeccably liberal in its time, the film has not aged gracefully, although Dorothy Dandridge's performance in the lead remains a testimony to a black cinema that might have been.
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
February 10, 2007
The best reason to revisit Carmen Jones lies in Dorothy Dandridge's electrifying performance, which saw her become the first African-American to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 10, 2007
Every frame, you feel, is freighted with the tension imposed by the never-appearing white folks. It was, however, laudable in its desire to showcase the talents of African-American performers who were denied opportunities in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 9, 2007
Woefully miscast in places and extremely dubious in its portrayal of African-Americans but does boast an on-form Dorothy Dandridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 6, 2006
Slinking through director Preminger's CinemaScope widescreen in slit skirts and tight blouses, Dandridge is naturally carnal the way summer is naturally warm.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The somewhat heavy-handed direction and the ultimately two-dimensional characters leave you admiring the workmanship without plucking at the necessary emotional/romantic heart-strings.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 17, 2005
The results are certainly flawed, but rarely less than fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film4
September 18, 2003
A truly dreadful film. Preminger can't be faulted for ambition, but for once, his execution is sorely lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A crazy mixed-up film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 30, 2003
Worth seeing for Danridge's sultry, sweet performance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 23, 2002
Interesting Preminger experiment. Modernizing with an all-black cast highlighted by Dandridge and Belafonte is first-rate.
| Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Cantieri
Apollo Guide
July 30, 2002
While the embarrassment of talent onscreen is a joy to watch, I can't help be overwhelmed and a little saddened thinking how much of that talent went ignored by Hollywood most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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