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Blue Like Jazz Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
Sodom and Gomorrah are paradoxically brought back to life in the form of an Oregon-based liberal-arts college in this Christian recruiting video.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Simon Foster
April 4, 2013
Blue Like Jazz certainly breaks the mould in terms what audiences have come to expect from spiritual cinema, but it refuses to take the necessary leap required to fully redefine mainstream audiences' perception of this niche genre.
August 25, 2012
A hot mess that somehow manages to somewhat redeem itself by the final frame but sadly not enough to save it from ultimate damnation.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 22, 2012
reveals the shallowness of the college years in which an otherwise legal adult can act like a child well into his 20s
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 15, 2012
[It] playfully serves up more food for thought than most comedies we've seen so far this decade.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2012
Unlike other 'faith-based' films, it lacks a down-on-your-knees come-to-Jesus moment, presenting its young hero as a conflicted Everyman with the same questions about 'the human dilemma' as any sensitive college freshman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
Might make a like-minded double feature with The Way, but Miller's propaganda-lite eventually suffers in comparison.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 27, 2012
... two-dimensional characters, trite and stilted situations, and awkward, arch dialogue.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
April 25, 2012
Blue Like Jazz is a coming-of-age story that lurches around in terms of character and themes, and the result is something a good deal less than it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
April 19, 2012
The vocabulary of faith should not be the exclusive property of one small subset of believers; it is heartening to watch a movie that makes that point with such grace.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 18, 2012
dares to confront its audience, both secular and religious, by honestly dealing with the complexities of religion, politics, and personal identity
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 14, 2012
While one can applaud the desire to offer something less heavy-handed and preachy than the overtly Christian movies that have found their way to theatres in recent years, 'Blue' is too mild and muddled to carry off what it aims for.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 13, 2012
Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
April 13, 2012
The film's heart is in the right place; it just can't make the rest of its parts function smoothly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 13, 2012
An uncommon thoughtfulness about spiritual issues distinguishes this otherwise generic coming-of-age story.
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 13, 2012
School days have never been wilder onscreen than in this vividly entertaining and funny clash between a young Christian's sensibilities and the ultimate radicalization into which he is seduced.
Todd Jorgenson
April 13, 2012
... not compelling or provocative enough to effectively translate its progressive message for a wider audience.
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today
April 13, 2012
Christian moviegoers will find much to challenge them, but those hoping Don's journey leads him to a clear understanding of the gospel might find it a bit unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 13, 2012
"Blue Like Jazz" is a movie that apparently wants to do for Jesus what "Garden State" did for The Shins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
April 13, 2012
This micro-budgeted indie tries to appeal to everyone by not offending anyone... except those who like movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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