If Beale Street Could Talk - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

If Beale Street Could Talk Reviews

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January 22, 2019
Emphasizing love (not just romantic [love]) and solidarity as tools to resist injustice, Jenkins opens a door to hope. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2019
By refusing to excise Baldwin's vision from the script, Jenkins & co have built a dialogue with an ancestor, proving the resonance of his words in a modern world while affirming the value and future of a black love everlasting, evermore.
January 22, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk is a love story until it is not. Or rather it is the portrait of a stable and lasting love despite the adversities. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 21, 2019
With Beale Street, (director Barry) Jenkins cements his status as this generation's cinematic poet laureate of the American condition.
January 17, 2019
Powerful "Beale" focuses on tragedy of common racism.
January 17, 2019
Another beautifully played, gorgeously photographed snapshot of the African-American experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2019
Jenkins weaves the heart-wrenching beauty of James Laxton's visuals, Nicholas Britell's music and Baldwin's prose into an irresistible cinematic spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 14, 2019
From the beautiful pastel color palette to the electrifying score by Nicholas Britell, every detail in Beale Street beckons you into the narrative and welcomes you with open arms.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 13, 2019
...Jenkins orchestrates the score, the visuals, and a mix of his and Baldwin's words into an inclusive and stunning cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 13, 2019
Barry Jenkins' adaptation celebrates [James] Baldwin's brilliant prose.
January 12, 2019
Jenkins has fashioned a film that rarely raises its voice, even as the rage regarding a grotesque miscarriage of justice informs its every move.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 11, 2019
That's pure cinema. What Baldwin does with words, Mr. Jenkins does visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 11, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk is set in the mid-70s, but it is ageless in its depiction of a love that is beaten and battered but can never be destroyed, despite systemic attempts to deny it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 11, 2019
Filmmaker Barry Jenkins has infused If Beale Street Could Talk with a lush and remarkably captivating visual sensibility that's perpetuated by an almost impressionistic narrative...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2019
This movie gives [Regina King] the showcase she always deserved, and she responds with a performance of heroic dimensions.
January 10, 2019
Jenkins has proved himself a filmmaker of considerable skill and power. He's less interested in narrative, but more about creating a series of vignettes and an overall mood.
January 10, 2019
By journey's end, sensitive viewers will realize that this "adaptation of a novel" has much more to say across the planet than "just" the still troublesome circumstances of the black-white U.S. divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 10, 2019
James and Layne emote the kind of pure ethereal love that was there at the beginning of the movies and will be there at the end of them.
January 10, 2019
It's impossible to watch these tender, fragile, indomitable characters and not empathize with their experience, whether that's falling in love or facing injustices that persist to this day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2019
In the end, all these families have to rely on is their love for one another. That is what sustains them. But is that enough to lift this movie out of the pit of despair it has descended into? Some say it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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