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Black or White (2015)



Critic Consensus: Black or White has more on its mind than your average family drama, but the film's approach to its thought-provoking themes too often lives down to its title.

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BLACK OR WHITE is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award (R) winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award (R) winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. (C) Relativity
PG-13 (for strong language, thematic material invovling drug use and drinking, and for a fight)
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Kevin Costner
as Elliott Anderson
Octavia Spencer
as Rowena Jeffers
Jillian Estell
as Eloise Anderson
Bill Burr
as Rick Reynolds
André Holland
as Reggie Davis
Anthony Mackie
as Jeremiah Jeffers
Paula Newsome
as Judge Cummins
as Young Nurse
Joe Chrest
as Dave
Ireyon Johnson
as Kristen
Ernest Wells
as Uncle Victor
Dave Jensen
as Eldridge
John McConnell
as Vertell
Robert Larriviere
as Neighbor (Ted)
Lily Costner
as Vocalist
Efuntola Akinlana
as Musician - Sax
Ariyan Brister
as Musician - Bass
as Jonna Cureaux-Musician - Flute
Dylon Duplessis
as Musician - Trumpet
Desmond Francois
as Musician - Drums
Jonah Gropper
as Musician - Kora
Kyle Roussel
as Musician - Piano
Mark Kroner II
as Bailiff
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Critic Reviews for Black or White

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (29)

Black or White isn't so much an offensive movie as it is a pointless one.

Full Review… | January 31, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Oh, the bathos! The loony wrongheadedness of the screenplay!

Full Review… | January 31, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite the best of intentions, a career-best performance from Kevin Costner, and outstanding work by Octavia Spencer and child actor Jillian Estell, "Black or White" succumbs to some of the same stereotypes it tries to dispel.

Full Review… | January 30, 2015
Boston Globe
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It may be helpful - or vexing - to think of "Black or White" as the great grandchild of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

January 30, 2015
Denver Post
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Binder, who once made lowbrow comedies but now specializes in middlebrow dramedies, is in several leagues over his head with this story ...

Full Review… | January 30, 2015
AV Club
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"Black or White" stumbles even as it tries to move forward.

Full Review… | January 30, 2015
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Black or White


Is it perfect? No. But Black or White's timely themes resonate and Kevin Costner delivers one of his best performances in years.

Gabriel Cambre
Gabriel Cambre

This movie is a -F in my book. This movie was loaded with prejudice and very belittling of African Americans. When being introduced to the biracial granddaughter character she is called "puppy" by her caucasian grandfather and then proceeds to bark like a dog, No litterally, She barks, "Ruff Ruff" and does this repeatedly throughout the movie. I felt this was very belittling on the subconcious level to African Americans and insinuated that she was like a dog/ a little Mut. Now, I know some will argue that its a cute name "puppy" etc, Who really has that as a nickname? No one. So save the bs. Another thing, the writer has the young biracial kissing her grandpa on the lips; no one does that in reality, I feel this is another subliminal. Next thing I have an issue with is the fact that the writer has the biracial telling her grandpa that he has to yell at her to brush her teeth, haha I literally laughed and cried at the same time for this ignorance...As if she can't just do it on her own Or can't be reminded in a regular tone like any other child her age. I don't know, to me this was poor. The only good thing about it was when it ended. I couldn't stomach watching this, it was truthfully horrid.

lovely l0ve
lovely l0ve

This is a touching little family dramedy. This was a different part for Kevin Costner but he did a good job with it. The true star is the little girl, she is a great up and coming actress.

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