Black Snake Moan Reviews

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June 16, 2007
Jackson's elegant performance gives the frequently tough to swallow story some credence.
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.
March 3, 2007
Delightfully outrageous, Black Snake Moan is an explosive mixture of sex, race and down-South swamp water.
March 3, 2007
Pitched uncomfortably but compellingly between homage and exploitation in its big-hearted exploration of the steamiest corners of black life.
March 2, 2007
For Black Snake Moan to work any sort of magic, it must be viewed as a blues riff on damaged souls and their desperate need for salvation.
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
This is the kind of movie that's best enjoyed as a stylized fantasy, much like Brewer's most obvious model, Elia Kazan's Southern-fried Tennessee Williams adaptation Baby Doll.
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
Humid and overwrought, with Ricci working at fever pitch and Jackson bringing fire, brimstone and some passable blues licks to the equation, Black Snake Moan is no polite little indie thing, and certainly no formulaic studio exercise.
March 2, 2007
Black Snake Moan is a trip to that unfamiliar territory well worth tagging along on.
March 2, 2007
It's a steamy, searing saga of rigorous redemption confronting creepy Southern seediness. But it's not nearly the wake-up call it could have been.
March 2, 2007
It's an exploitation film fraught with faux-sincerity, and ultimately it's utterly ridiculous.
March 2, 2007
Despite its considerable unwholesome appeal, the movie gives us the feeling it has been chained up as well and that chain won't let it go any farther than a single outrageous idea.
March 2, 2007
This is one of those ludicrous, semi-offensive, semi-entertaining potboilers that feels as if the script were dragged out from someone's naughty-book stash.
March 2, 2007
Because Black Snake Moan asks its characters to confront demons involving sin and sex, it stomps into an area that lives between exploitative movie trash and Southern Gothic literature. It's bold without being especially believable.
March 2, 2007
Having established his characters and built their bond, having cooked up a sense of place so strong you can taste it, Brewer can't find anywhere in particular to go. Suddenly he brings a gun into the mix, then takes an awkward Dr. Phil turn.
March 2, 2007
An engorged melodrama meant to evoke the dark passions of country blues, Black Snake Moan often comes off like Britney Spears singing Skip James.
March 2, 2007
Black Snake Moan is a myth-and-reconciliation story with outlandish scenes meant to make you laugh, make you uncomfortable. Both.
March 2, 2007
Black Snake Moan is thick with Tennessee sweat and grit and the sound of insects. And it takes an overwrought, steamy path to what at least feels like a moral cautionary tale.
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