God, sex and the blues are mashed together and deep fried southern style in Craig Brewer's unique Black Snake Moan.
| Original Score: 4/5
Snaps and crackles with comic verve
With excellent performances, plays on morality and sexual behavior, Brewer composes another surefire classic.
| Original Score: 3/4
Craig Brewer, the promising director who hit it with Hustle and Flow, seems to harbor a need to exorcise his white burden through films centered on black music.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brewer knows his music, and how to make it the center of a story; if he only did a better job filling in the rest of the blanks, this might've worked.
| Original Score: 3/5
Moan? You're more likely to be groaning - or possibly hooting with laughter at the implausibility of this messy, misogynistic melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/5
I did expect there to be a stronger emotional connection between Ricci and Jackson, but that said, the two actors were impressive to watch.
| Original Score: 6/10
Pulpy Southern immorality tale is for adults only.
Chaining people to your radiator is a Wrong Thing To Do. This is not the opinion of Black Snake Moan.
| Original Score: 5/10
Its sleazy, scuzzy nature comes not from a forward desire to push the standards of taste but a been-there sense of the ways of the world.
| Original Score: A-
Deception, freedom and redemption all weave themselves into a moody tale that holds our attention for most of the time, compounded by Ricci's striking performance and waif-like appearance
Basically, the movie is an old-fashioned morality play, for all its lurid details.
A fascinating, colourful, sometimes outrageous film that succeeds because it was built on a solid foundation.
| Original Score: 82/100
Black Snake Moan is highly recommended for anyone who is tired of films with scripts that insult their intellect or that boast superficial performances by mediocre actors.
| Original Score: 5/5
A superbly written, brilliantly acted and frequently surprising film that is by turns sexy, shocking and ultimately moving.
Jackson's elegant performance gives the frequently tough to swallow story some credence.
It's so profoundly, mind-blowingly offensive that you almost have to admire the writer/director Craig Brewer's nerve.
Sam Jackson delivers the electric blues in a not-so-blue movie that promises more Deep South sin than it actually delivers.
This is an unusually bold film, but it's also a morality tale that's riddled with hypocrisy and is frankly offensive. Not a blues movie as much as a blue movie.
Frankly, I'm shocked by the number of critics who have been praising the film. To my mind, the movie doesn't even rate to be called camp. It's simply a bad idea gone wrong.
| Original Score: D