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If Beale Street Could Talk Reviews

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January 8, 2019
Barry Jenkins has created an affecting dreamscape; ephemeral yet all too real. If Beale Street Could Talk throws you off balance while sucking you in.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 7, 2019
The construction of the characters, even the most shallow of them, are perfect. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 7, 2019
This is a film that does not stoop or pander; it holds itself apart, magnificent and above the shabbiness of some of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
January 7, 2019
A swoon in motion-picture form: Its lush score, expressive decor and color-coded photography give the Harlem streets and the characters who inhabit them a glamour that historically has been denied to cinematic representations of the black experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2019
A movie that aches
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 4, 2019
Without exaggeration: Every frame of this film brims with rending beauty, not denying the grimy shit-scape of 1970s New York, but re-imagining it within the context of our protagonists' love.
January 4, 2019
[A] vibrant adaptation of James Baldwin's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 4, 2019
A powerful condemnation of endemic and structural racism, a sweet love story and, at a technical level, a beautifully produced film, If Beale Street Could Talk has much to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2019
A movie of our better angels being put to the test. It's a film of realism certainly, romantics completely, and love eternally.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 3, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk is all mood - and despite the film's uneven effects, that mood is convincing
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2019
But this is less a movie than an actual experience, built to wash over you, leaving bits behind - of race and justice - for you to look at and think about long afterward.
January 3, 2019
Jenkins delivers a cinematic poem that gives you goosebumps.
January 3, 2019
I'm reluctant to call it a triumph as it's way too precious to tap into the raw emotionality of the source material. This is Jenkins buying into his own hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
January 3, 2019
In roles that might have come off too idealized or cute, Layne and James bring to the screen a charged connection that keeps the characters grounded, and should keep audiences in their corner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2019
Jenkins brings Baldwin's prose to life in exquisite fashion, in a film that flows like a visual novel with wonderful camera work and a flow that fits the story to perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 3, 2019
In the hands of writer/director Jenkins, Beale Street is adapted into an observant and touching story of young, requited love, but also one that shoots straight to the heart of how systemic racism has shattered black and brown lives for generations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 3, 2019
It is a film without illusions, but one that carries the unbowed spirit of its characters on a deeply felt journey that honors its origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
January 2, 2019
'Beale Street' is more a mood piece than a plot-driven movie. Jenkins leads you to become emotionally invested in Tish and Fonny. You wish them a bright future, even though you know - with each passing minute - that their chances continue to fade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 2, 2019
Every frame, every beat, every line of dialogue feels like it has been perfectly manicured, at some cost to its vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 2, 2019
Tish and Fonny are young and in love, and there are parts of "If Beale Street Could Talk" where writer-director Barry Jenkins renders that love beautifully, as if it was the simplest thing in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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