Woman Thou Art Loosed Reviews

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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February 9, 2006
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
October 22, 2004
A monochromatic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
October 22, 2004
As a film it plays like a heavy-handed morality tale one might come across on a middling cable network.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 22, 2004
There is little to like about many of the hard characters we meet. Yet the film has a core generosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 22, 2004
It is more a public service announcement than a movie, but it has to be more useful to its audience than a summer blockbuster offering Halle Berry's tips on how to use a bullwhip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Arizona Republic
October 22, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 22, 2004
Woman boasts an unexpected edginess, as well as a terrific performance from Kimberly Elise.
| Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 21, 2004
It offers a compelling portrait of human tragedy and the journey to redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 21, 2004
Good intentions. Wish it were a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 8, 2004
More like a very special episode of Oprah than a night out at the movies.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 7, 2004
Schultz ... is not able to lift the proceedings beyond melodrama, but he succeeds in imbuing the film with dramatic urgency and has elicited powerful performances from the cast.
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 7, 2004
Its essential message of emotional healing is a positive one. But as a movie, it floats into a channel-surfing blur of corny scenes and pop psych dialogue that too often confuses the material with the spiritual.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 6, 2004
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 1, 2004
This is very much a woman's picture, both in the old-school sense of highly pitched, Lifetime-style melodrama and in its cast of formidable actresses, all of whom deliver powerful performances.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 1, 2004
This is one faith-based film that pulls no punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 1, 2004
A poorly dramatized infomercial.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 1, 2004
For victims of abuse, watching this film may be a cathartic experience. For most moviegoers, it is, at its best, a sober look at a problem that is at last getting some of the attention it has always deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
October 1, 2004
The uniformly excellent actors, many of whom have been working beneath their gifts for years on UPN sitcoms, clearly relished the complexities. You will too.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 1, 2004
Its preachy side can be offputting. Messages of forgiveness and spiritual awakening are slammed home like force-feeding for the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 1, 2004
There's no finger-pointing exclusion or even hellfire here, only the openhearted hope and welcoming love on which the religion was based.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 1, 2004
This movie wears its agenda proudly. If at times awkwardly, it has something real it wants to say.
| Original Score: C+
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 1, 2004
It has the wooden, self-conscious veneer of a vanity production.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 1, 2004
Unconvincing performances and overwritten dialogue make Woman fail to resonate.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 1, 2004
An earnest but intensely awful piece of motivational entertainment.
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
September 30, 2004
For the Rev. Jakes, Jesus is the way out. But on film, that message comes across with more subtlety and tenderness than the grind of the touring gospel musical can muster.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 30, 2004
Ultimately, the movie's too uneven to be totally satisfying.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
September 30, 2004
Michael Schultz's powerful melodrama renews an important tradition of African-American filmmaking: the movie as revivalist sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 30, 2004
... technical adeptness can't save Woman, Thou Art Loosed from being much more than a vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kris Wilton
Village Voice
September 28, 2004
Most troubling ... is the hopeless moral environment Jakes and director Michael Schultz create.