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Mandingo Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 14, 2013
Until this moment we cannot be certain that the movie is going to employ every cliche of antebellum melodrama.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 14, 2013
Viewed with fresh eyes, it can credibly be seen as revisionist history of a particularly savage kind.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike Emery
Austin Chronicle
October 14, 2013
This is a deeply depressing film. The main problem is that shock value is the centerpiece, so the theme of slavery is just a vehicle for horrific gore and interracial sex.
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Roger Ebert
October 14, 2013
Mandingo is racist trash, obscene in its manipulation of human beings and feelings, and excruciating to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 26, 2012
At least offers no tears for the demise of the good ole days in Dixie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Embarrassing and crude.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
June 4, 2008
Mandingo is excessive, yet its excesses invariably reveal the caustic truths of social critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 8, 2007
The performances are overdramatized and unbelievable in a script that suffers from the same weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Good to see Fleischer returning to the kind of psycho-pathological thriller that he can handle so well.

May 24, 2003
[A] hugely entertaining potboiler.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
too trashy to be good drama, but too dramatic to be good trash
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
One of the most neglected and underrated Hollywood films of its era.
Emanuel Levy
July 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 6, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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