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Brown Sugar Reviews

October 26, 2002
It's predictable, but it jumps through the expected hoops with style and even some depth.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2002
You don't have to know about music to appreciate the film's easygoing blend of comedy and romance.
October 11, 2002
Makes the sweet case that sincerity strikes the biggest romantic sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2002
Lathan and Diggs make an immensely likable couple, and the supporting cast strikes all the right notes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
Takes every convention of the romantic comedy genre and turns it on its ear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
The movie plays cute more than smart, but it's far from dumb -- and marks yet another baby step forward in the growing sophistication of African-American film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2002
The movie's attention to cultural context really does separate it from anything that came before, including the winning, but finally irrelevant, When Harry Met Sally...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
Too much about Brown Sugar is carried out with utmost decorum, as if writer-director Rick Famuyiwa were bringing hip-hop home to meet the parents.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
Bland if amiable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2002
There's something unintentionally comic in the film's drumbeat about authenticity, given the stale plot and pornographic way the film revels in swank apartments, clothes and parties.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
Taye Diggs never overdoes Dre's intensity or integrity; he's an understated leading man who is all the more likable because of it. But it's Sanaa Lathan as Sidney who won my heart here.
October 11, 2002
There are times when you wish that the movie had worked a little harder to conceal its contrivances, but Brown Sugar turns out to be a sweet and enjoyable fantasy.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 11, 2002
A romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working on hard decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2002
You could do worse than watch beautiful people making kissy-face with each other.
October 10, 2002
Sustains the charm of an early 60's New York romance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2002
As satisfying as it is sleek, and Famuyiwa inspires carefully nuanced portrayals from his cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 10, 2002
What really breaks this movie out of the romantic-comedy rut is the setting in which it's told.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 10, 2002
Its likable, easy rhythms are appealing, especially for anyone attuned to the birth and growth of this style of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2002
People are unlikely to leave Brown Sugar with the words 'original' or 'surprising' on their lips, but they are likely to leave with a good-sized smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2002
Given the talent and the twist, it's as fresh as the classic Tracy-Hepburn comedies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2002
Glossy, funny, touching and cute.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2002
Despite crisp photography and the director's gift for building a scene, the film doesn't click until the third act.
October 10, 2002
Hip-hop is simply the newest tool for the same tired script of childhood friends who go down different paths only to realize they are each others' destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2002
While it's genuinely cool to hear characters talk about early rap records (Sugar Hill Gang, etc.), the constant referencing of hip-hop arcana can alienate even the savviest audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2002
Predictable and cloying, though Brown Sugar is so earnest in its yearning for the days before rap went nihilistic that it summons more spirit and bite than your average formulaic romantic quadrangle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2002
Their love fails to resonate as anything more than a shared musical passion.
October 8, 2002
Famuyiwa's feature deals with its subject matter in a tasteful, intelligent manner, rather than forcing us to endure every plot contrivance that the cliché-riddled genre can offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2002
I like this movie a lot. It's probably the sweetest, corniest movie about hip-hop music you're ever going to see.
October 7, 2002
A crumb of psychology would have helped.
October 7, 2002
An agreeably charming, brightly performed romantic comedy.