Body and Soul (1925) - Rotten Tomatoes

Body and Soul (1925)




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Though seemingly a pillar of Tatesville, Georgia, the Right Reverend Jenkins is actually an amoral con artist hiding out from the law. However, his trusting congregation doesn't known that, and they blindly follow his every word.
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Paul Robeson
as Reverend Isaiah T.
Mercedes Gilbert
as Sister Martha Jane

Critic Reviews for Body and Soul

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

A concise, skillful recounting of the story of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the revelations of this 1924 feature by pioneer black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux is that, in contrast to the faltering technique and garbled film syntax of his sound pictures, he was stylistically assured as a silent director.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Robeson radiates the roguish charm and dangerous looming ferocity of a master con man with a scary streak of violence. Like his singing, Robeson's acting has stature. It is larger than life.

March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Body and Soul has neither body nor soul.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011
Film Snobbery

Audience Reviews for Body and Soul

Narratively ... weird. Interesting performances, even for a 1920's silent film. Robeson possesses an oddly contemporary swagger (I haven't seen his other films, yet).

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

Pretty fascinating film. The ending is a bit odd, but in class we found a number of reasons why it might not suck.

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

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