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Jim Brown: All-American

Jim Brown: All-American (2002)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Spike Lee's documentary on the football star, movie actor, and social activist is a no-frills examination of a man who has rarely been out of the public spotlight for over 45 years. Jim Brown talks about the various phases of his life, from his boyhood in the all-black community of St. Simons Island, GA; to his adolescence on Long Island, where he became a multi-sport star athlete; to his college days at Syracuse University; to his nine-year career as the NFL's leading running back with the

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Documentary, Drama, Sports & Fitness

Aug 10, 2004

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Only an epic documentary could get it all down, and Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All American at long last gives its subject a movie worthy of his talents.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
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As the movie traces Mr. Brown's athletic exploits, it is impossible not to be awed by the power and grace of one of the greatest natural sportsmen of modern times.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Overly long and worshipful bio-doc.

March 22, 2002
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Lee's achievement extends to his supple understanding of the role that Brown played in American culture as an athlete, a movie star, and an image of black indomitability.

March 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Since Lee is a sentimentalist, the film is more worshipful than your random E! True Hollywood Story.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Treating the [controversial] incidents with kid gloves allows Jim Brown: All-American to fit into the encomium template, but a more forthright approach is demanded.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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What Lee does so marvelously compelling is present Brown as a catalyst for the struggle of black manhood in restrictive and chaotic America...sketchy but nevertheless gripping portrait of Jim Brown, a celebrated wonder in the spotlight

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: TheWorldJournal.com
TheWorldJournal.com

Once the sports and film clips run out, Lee doesn't have much more to work with than talking heads, and they aren't enough to keep anyone but diehard sports fans interested.

March 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Though overall an overwhelmingly positive portrayal, the film doesn't ignore the more problematic aspects of Brown's life.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Lee] treats his audience the same way that Jim Brown treats his women -- as dumb, credulous, unassuming, subordinate subjects. And Lee seems just as expectant of an adoring, wide-smiling reception.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A well-rounded tribute to a man whose achievements -- and complexities -- reached far beyond the end zone.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Citysearch
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