If Beale Street Could Talk Reviews

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February 21, 2019
Just as the novel version of If Beale Street Could Talk moves between love story and protest novel, a balance Baldwin strikes throughout many of his works, Jenkins' adaptation uses flashbacks to oscillate between two worlds.
February 10, 2019
Jenkins doesn't scratch the surface of the black American experience. He takes you deep into its bones and suggests that far less has changed than the naive may believe.
February 7, 2019
The final reel is painful (the bee sting of bigotry). The ending is tough. The compensation resides in the elegant and searing film-making of Jenkins.
February 6, 2019
Here is a film almost woozy with its own beauty and dignity, a film going transcendently high in the face of a racist world going low.
February 5, 2019
Jenkins has cemented his status as a very big deal.
January 12, 2019
That's pure cinema. What Baldwin does with words, Mr. Jenkins does visually.
August 18, 2019
The audience sees Tish and Fonny as they see each other: fully realized, at the center of their world, and as people deserving of love.
August 1, 2019
Gorgeous, powerful, and stunningly crafted, If Beale Street Could Talk is another masterpiece from Barry Jenkins.
July 24, 2019
Both Jenkins and author Baldwin don't pull any punches when it comes to the atrocities of the US legal system, but overall If Beale Street Could Talk is a twee and pretty portal of love in 1970's Brooklyn...
July 17, 2019
Someone has to find beauty in the prolonged tragedy of Black American life without regurgitating the same pain for the rote spectacle of predominantly white audiences.
July 17, 2019
When KiKi Layne's Tish and Stephan James' Fonny make love for the first time, If Beale Street Could Talk cuts to a golden light shimmering off the surface of a jazz record. It spins, unevenly but with purpose, carrying with it the weight of history.
July 3, 2019
Beale Street is an almost unbearably human examination of the price of love and the tragedy of stolen freedom.
July 2, 2019
A romantic post in the times of cultural turmoil. Barry Jenkins manages to stay fresh but falls short at solving conflicts. [Full review in Spanish].
June 23, 2019
In New York's Harlem in the early 1970s, 19-year-old Tish and 22-year-old Fonny are in love and expecting their first child.
June 18, 2019
As much a timeless, universal romance as it is a spirited indictment of the callous brutality that passes for the American "justice" system, Beale Street uses love as magnifying glass and spotlight.
June 17, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk - the third film by the celebrated Moonlight director Barry Jenkins - will endure.
May 29, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk is a near perfect film, one that marries Baldwin's poetic, evocative narrative with Jenkin's lyrical, stirring filmmaking to create a film so captivating it immediately establishes itself as essential viewing.
May 28, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk is a kind of modern tragedy, a melancholic and painful poem with beauty tones, faded thanks to the society's contempt. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 21, 2019
Beale Street flows like sweet jazz as the film cuts back and forth between Tish and Fonny's present-day predicament and the early stages of their romance in 1970s Harlem.
May 18, 2019
A work of profound and tremulous beauty, a haunting tone poem that feels like the work of an artist filled with hope but constantly on the verge of tears.
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