Brown Sugar Reviews

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July 1, 2003
October 26, 2002
It's predictable, but it jumps through the expected hoops with style and even some depth.
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.
October 11, 2002
Lathan and Diggs make an immensely likable couple, and the supporting cast strikes all the right notes.
October 11, 2002
Takes every convention of the romantic comedy genre and turns it on its ear.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
October 11, 2002
Bland if amiable.
October 11, 2002
A romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working on hard decisions.
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.
October 10, 2002
As satisfying as it is sleek, and Famuyiwa inspires carefully nuanced portrayals from his cast.
October 10, 2002
What really breaks this movie out of the romantic-comedy rut is the setting in which it's told.
October 10, 2002
Its likable, easy rhythms are appealing, especially for anyone attuned to the birth and growth of this style of music.
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.
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