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Graffiti Bridge Reviews

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Jason Bailey
October 15, 2016
He abandons even the semi-realism of 'Purple Rain' for something closer to a good, old-fashioned, backlot musical - something we get even less of these days, so enjoy the novelty.
Emanuel Levy
October 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This world, as Prince has rendered it, has both the sunniness of an old back-lot musical and the cutting edge of contemporary cool.

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 8, 2016
Visually unappealing and inane at every turn, this one's the absolute pits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2016
Prince follows his disastrous Under the Cherry Moon with another lame film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 22, 2016
With his doe eyes, sensitive face and amazing openness, he might even have the makings of a whole new kind of movie star. But if Prince is ever going to be that, he must find some decent behind-the-camera collaborators.
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
April 22, 2016
Technically, the film is a compendium of stale MTV gimmicks -- dry ice, stylized sets. It's a neo-Expressionist tempest in a teapot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
April 22, 2016
There is some plot, but it is wispy at best and frequently gets in the way of the music.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
April 22, 2016
Hardcore Prince fans might revel in His Royal Purpleness' muted philisopical musings, but everyone else will likely find this film an overblown bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2016
The movie suffers from various technical difficulties -- like choppy editing and songs that get cut off mid-groove -- and in the end everything collapses in a heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2016
If, as has been reported, Graffiti Bridge is Prince's homage to the heyday of Hollywood musicals, he should have hired a director who looks at film as more than an extended music video.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

TV Guide
April 22, 2016
The music is quite good and will certainly appeal to Prince fans, but it is buried under so much tedious pretention that even the performer's most devoted fans will find it difficult to sit through the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 22, 2016
As a film director, Prince remains a brilliant musician.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Prince has had his follies, but never has he been associated with an album or film as lackluster as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A half-baked retread of tired MTV imagery and childish themes.
Deborah Wilker
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 21, 2007
Even though fans will probably enjoy the rare glimpse of reclusive Prince frolicking on the big screen, better to buy the album (as well as Pandemonium by The Time) than to waste money on this dreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Hiltbrand
People Magazine
December 6, 2005
The meaning of this clumsy cinematic conundrum is anyone's guess.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 16, 2005
Great music video...but doesn't cut it as a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
August 22, 2004
Prince is directing this time out, and even more so than in Under the Cherry Moon, the man proves he has no idea what to do behind the camera
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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