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Baadasssss! Reviews

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Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 24, 2004
A reminder that good intentions don't always make for good movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
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.
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Ben Schwartz
Chicago Reader
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
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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.
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
June 4, 2004
It makes you wish a documentary had been made instead of a docudrama.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
June 10, 2004
More competent and engaging than the film that inspired it, but it doesn't go much beyond replaying history.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 11, 2004
Never feels like anything more than kids playing dress-up.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
June 25, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 2, 2004
It's a great story and well worth remembering.
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2004
One of the best movies I've seen about the making of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 11, 2004
A color-saturated celebration of cinematic pleasure and filial love.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 25, 2004
In Baadasssss! 1970s blaxploitation cinema finally has its own Day for Night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 24, 2004
This is one of the best movies of the year.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 17, 2004
A jolting, lively film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
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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