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Blue Like Jazz Reviews

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April 13, 2012
The primary problem with Blue Like Jazz is that there is no believable character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 13, 2012
"Blue Like Jazz" is a pleasant film, as well-intentioned as the character Don himself, but it ducks the thorniest questions of faith and dogma while patting itself on the back for realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 13, 2012
It is - somewhat surprisingly, given the heavy-handed subject - neither sanctimonious nor preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2012
It tackles existential struggles that many of us grapple with - and the film industry virtually ignores - while doing so in an entertaining way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2012
An overlong mishmash of coming-of-age comedy, social satire and spiritual think-piece whose ultimate stance on religion feels awfully fuzzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 12, 2012
Don's crisis of faith, which should be the movie's core and engine, is never really convincing. It's spelled out but dramatically inert, lost among the yuks of the Reed kookiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 12, 2012
This is a movie with heart but too many distractions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2012
The outcome rarely seems out of God's hands, and the filmmaking is low-budget-earnest to the point of drabness - it's not a movie to make converts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2012
The kind of work that thinks it's saying something important but feels more pretentious than precious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
April 12, 2012
Lost in a "sea of individuality," the hero evolves, devolves, and is born again. It's a painless, not highly memorable journey that is tailor-made for Young Christian discussion groups -- and that is not bad in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.7
April 12, 2012
It's a drab movie about big ideas, best suited for die-hard fans of Miller's writing. Newcomers will have to fight tremendously hard to stay invested in the humdrum antics and banal confessions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 12, 2012
The potential for an interesting story is high. Unfortunately, Miller's autobiographical tale, as told in "Blue Like Jazz," squanders this potential by failing to take place in a recognizably real world.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 12, 2012
Doesn't forget to be entertaining or ask questions, rather than walloping an already converted audience with a hammer of propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2012
Like the definition of jazz, "Blue Like Jazz" never resolves itself. It's a meandering medley of disconnected solos, too intent on avoiding predictability or a conclusion to actually come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2012
It's a glorious anomaly: a subtle, sophisticated, open-minded, and courageously non-judgmental Christian film even non-believers can enjoy. Hallelujah!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 10, 2012
May be more nuanced than the usual Left Behind fire-and-brimstone sermonizing you find in much contemporary pro-Christian cinema, but it still leaves behind a sulfuric stink.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 10, 2012
One only has so much patience ... for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon.
April 10, 2012
Blue Like Jazz charts a typical existential coming-of-age tale, yet remains atypical by being hip while also treating religion fairly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2012
Deeply religious lad attends party-loving secular college with intriguing, mixed results
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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