Black Snake Moan Reviews

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October 25, 2019
Writer/director Craig Brewer has whipped up a controversy magnet that will make some fans of his first film, Hustle & Flow, retract anything they said in defense of its depiction of women.
August 23, 2017
. . .I still can't decide if the film is serious or not. If it is, this causes some major problems, since the morality it espouses is nuts.
April 23, 2009
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.
November 20, 2008
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.
June 13, 2008
Moan? You're more likely to be groaning - or possibly hooting with laughter at the implausibility of this messy, misogynistic melodrama.
December 7, 2007
September 27, 2007
Chaining people to your radiator is a Wrong Thing To Do. This is not the opinion of Black Snake Moan.
May 19, 2007
It's so profoundly, mind-blowingly offensive that you almost have to admire the writer/director Craig Brewer's nerve.
May 15, 2007
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.
May 7, 2007
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.
March 17, 2007
The concept works better in esoteric theory than it does in actual practice.
March 17, 2007
Rae's body-as-cliché remains intact, whether spilling out of her t-shirt or wrapped up in her little white wedding dress.
March 13, 2007
Feels about as authentic as the radiator in that semi-tropical countryside, where the only steamy stuff one can imagine being generated, is from that temptress in heat chained up to it.
March 5, 2007
And the Oscar for Best Performance in Her Underwear goes to ... Christina Ricci, playing a pint-sized Jezebel who gets a spiritual wedgie from a half-crazed, blues-singing black man named Lazarus.
March 5, 2007
Watching Christina Ricci being beat up, raped and chained semi-naked to a radiator, while Samuel L. Jackson spews stereotypical drunken Southern-black-man rhetoric, makes this blues-infused melodrama almost unbearable.
March 3, 2007
That's the hypocrisy that tears this fascinating film apart: The female sexual urge must be broken, but the male sexual urge can be celebrated in song.
March 3, 2007
There's just nowhere to go. They start talking about their feelings and being the healing process, and it's like Dr. Phil.
March 2, 2007
The movie strolls right past absurdity into offensiveness, by trying to pass this pulp nonsense off as noble art.
March 2, 2007
The characters never connect, and the movie never takes off. Rae may be the one sporting a padlock around her waist. But it's the movie that's shackled.
March 2, 2007
For a film touted as a lurid, blues-themed Southern Gothic melodrama evocative of William Faulkner at his most decadent, Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan turns out to be a disappointingly tame and rather conventional morality play.
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