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Down in the Delta

Down in the Delta (1998)

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86

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Poet Maya Angelou made her feature directorial debut with this African-American family drama, shown theatrically but originally produced for the Showtime cable network. Unemployed single mother Loretta (Alfre Woodward) lives with her mother, Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice), in a Chicago apartment. Drugs and alcohol lead Loretta to neglect her autistic daughter, Tracy (Kulani Hassen). Her teen son Thomas (Mpho Koaho) brings in money by photographing tourists. Rosa Lynn pawns a family heirloom in order to

PG-13,

Drama

Myron Goble

Jul 20, 1999

Miramax

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (5)

Maya Angelou's stunning feature directorial debut.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Not particularly groundbreaking, and neither is its message, but it's all done with sensitivity and intelligence by Angelou.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

I was not thrilled about having to see it. But, sitting there in the dark, I became tremendously moved by the movie, and I have not forgotten its power.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Employs too many redundant, stagy flashbacks to tell the story of Loretta's ancestors.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

A powerful performance from Alfre Woodard captured by Angelou's quiet, poetic direction.

July 10, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Shows that every family has a potential for resiliency and growth, no matter what the problems.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Angelou's pen remains mightier than her camerawork.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

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