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Baadasssss! Reviews

August 1, 2004
It's an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.
July 2, 2004
It's a great story and well worth remembering.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 25, 2004
Effectively raw and stylish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 25, 2004
Not just forgiving toward the elder Van Peebles, it's filled with a spirit of comic amazement about what he accomplished.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
A great glimpse inside an artist's struggle. That is, an artist's funky, nasty struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2004
What it lacks in focus, it makes up for in energy and commitment.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
June 11, 2004
Never feels like anything more than kids playing dress-up.
June 11, 2004
A lively, absorbing, often uncannily authentic docudrama.
June 11, 2004
Mario lacks the finesse as a filmmaker to deliver the nuanced portrait his father deserves, but he largely succeeds: We see Melvin as a flawed man, but one who worked for something larger than himself.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 11, 2004
Full of itself, as fiercely independent as it should be and primed with real passion, Baadasssss! is a salute to an imperfect man, a history of an imperfect time and a celebration of an imperfect film that kicked doors open.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 11, 2004
More nuanced and displays far more filmmaking finesse than Mario's previous films as a director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2004
Fascinating, raw and full of the kind of crazy life we don't see enough of on screen.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 11, 2004
A color-saturated celebration of cinematic pleasure and filial love.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 11, 2004
One of the best movies I've seen about the making of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 10, 2004
It's hard to imagine that the chronicle of an artistic ordeal could be this much fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 10, 2004
A sobering and wildly entertaining account of how the elder Van Peebles crashed through the hurdles that continue to hinder independent filmmakers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2004
It works as a biopic, as a truly American story, and as a sentimental, but never cloying, gift from son to father -- and from father to son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2004
You don't need to have seen the father's movie to enjoy the son's, a multitiered fantasia that's part cinema history, part family reunion, and all hall of mirrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2004
Baadasssss! is one bad movie -- and I mean that in the most affectionate sense.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2004
One is very glad to have Baadasssss! around, if only to remind younger moviegoers that taking chances and breaking rules can reap huge dividends.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
A tour-de-force by Mario Van Peebles, who not only does an uncanny impression of his cocky and often unsympathetic father, but briskly directed and wrote the insightful screenplay (based on his father's memoirs) with Dennis Haggerty.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
A meta-cool history lesson and homage.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2004
An entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2004
For all its serious issues, Baadasssss! is terrific fun.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 27, 2004
Mario Van Peebles's film is a lightly fictionalized account of the making of Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song, the 1971 film directed by his father, Melvin Van Peebles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 27, 2004
The beauty of Baadasssss! is the way Mario Van Peebles salutes his father's truth by coaxing it into legend.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
May 25, 2004
The son bears witness to his father's struggle and turns it into heroic legend.
May 24, 2004
This is one of the best movies of the year.
May 20, 2004
The film is technically raw, but the sight of Van Peebles playing his father at a defining moment in movie history exerts a potent fascination.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2004
As actor, helmer and co-scenarist (with Dennis Haggerty), Mario ultimately delivers a tale that's engrossing for its underdog quality and significant place in film history.