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Baadasssss! Reviews

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June 24, 2004
A reminder that good intentions don't always make for good movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 18, 2004
If the crude style of Sweetback worked to its advantage, the same case can't be made for Van Peebles fils' erratic docudrama.
June 11, 2004
Mario's done a good job of depicting Melvin's accomplishments. Yet it seems to me that he's still selling his father's legacy short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2004
If the script, written by Mario with Dennis Haggerty, stops short of outright lionizing or demonizing, it leaves a strangely tepid character in its place.
June 4, 2004
It makes you wish a documentary had been made instead of a docudrama.
| Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2004
More competent and engaging than the film that inspired it, but it doesn't go much beyond replaying history.
Read More | Original Score: C+
June 11, 2004
Never feels like anything more than kids playing dress-up.
June 25, 2004
Van Peebles' stiff, needlessly flashy direction lacks the energy this material required to become truly transporting, and the relationships between the characters, particularly the father and son, is never convincing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 25, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2004
It's Mario's willingness to show his father as a flawed, three-dimensional person that drives Baadasssss!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 2, 2004
It's a great story and well worth remembering.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2004
... so charged with love and a kind of astonished admiration that it would be small and unkind to dwell on its moments of clumsiness.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 11, 2004
One of the best movies I've seen about the making of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 11, 2004
A color-saturated celebration of cinematic pleasure and filial love.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 25, 2004
In Baadasssss! 1970s blaxploitation cinema finally has its own Day for Night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2004
...Melvin's counterculture classic will always outshine as the forefather, but Mario's better-crafted companion piece is just as historically vital and easily as empowering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2004
This is one of the best movies of the year.
June 17, 2004
A jolting, lively film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2004
While he doesn't quite make the same sort of giant leap his father made, Mario takes a small step with an expertise and enthusiasm anyone could appreciate.
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