Dear White People Reviews

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July 10, 2015
As enjoyable and refreshing as it is, there's a certain bite lacking in the delivery.
July 9, 2015
Here's a film that refreshingly acknowledges various elephants in cinema's crowded living room: racism, the interracial sex taboo and class war.
January 5, 2015
The best moments get to the heart of Simien's thesis that what is supposed to be post-racial America isn't all that much different from what came before.
January 5, 2015
A timely and important look at black identity and how it's informed by by stereotypes in the media
January 5, 2015
Where it scores big is its wealth of ideas-visual, emotional, cultural-and its deep well of bitter, voice-of-experience rage
January 5, 2015
Even as the jokes cut deep, Dear White People doesn't hesitate to get real.
January 5, 2015
Screenplay is tight, funny, smart and insightful, and [the] direction has just enough indie feel without becoming too self-conscious or preachy.
November 12, 2014
Welcome to the head-spinning gamesmanship of the Obama era - and to the most elegantly candid comedy of racial tension since Spike Lee burst onto the scene 30 years ago.
November 7, 2014
The pitch on Dear White People is that it's "Do the Right Thing for the Obama generation," which is both an oversell and a disservice to Justin Simien's witty satire about race relations on a fictional Ivy League campus.
November 6, 2014
The message gets a little scattershot and repetitive at times, but he hits his mark more often than not.
November 3, 2014
A rickety contraption of issue-oriented talking points delivered by characters-centrally, four black students-who are constructed to fit the plot.
October 27, 2014
Writer-director Justin Simien takes a sledgehammer to the rosy notion that we've achieved a post-racial utopia - but he does it with great wit, bite and flair - in his debut feature, Dear White People.
October 24, 2014
The gags create a fuse to a firecracker finale.
October 24, 2014
One of the freshest, funniest, boldest debut films to come along in years.
October 24, 2014
Simien draws strong performances from his talented cast and has a clean visual sensibility. But he's still sifting through the issues he raises and the movie suffers from his lack of conviction.
October 24, 2014
Writer-director Justin Simien's searing, sharp-edged, and wildly intelligent comedy about race relations on an American college campus.
October 23, 2014
You have to see this movie, and talk about it, to believe it.
October 23, 2014
As a first-time director, Simien sometimes lets his script flirt with talkiness, but with dialogue this sharp and unpredictable, who's complaining?
October 23, 2014
The issues are more interesting than the characters, though Simien provides a welcome and fairly trenchant [film].
October 23, 2014
Although the characters don't lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise. The movie is a windy debate, the kind that is suited for the safe confines of a college campus.
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