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If Beale Street Could Talk Reviews

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January 23, 2019
While I acknowledge there is craft to be found in this film, I really was irritated while watching it. Nobody talked like a human being. It all felt like watching a bad off-broadway play where the talent is way better than the script
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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
December 20, 2018
Although the film is beautifully shot and filled with great performances, ultimately If Beale Street Could Talk lacks that deep gut punch that makes a movie stick.
September 10, 2018
The film turns into a picturesque experience more than any kind of involving, tension-filled, or even emotional one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 1, 2019
Throughout the adaptation, Jenkins has tried to smooth away certain aspects of Baldwin's work that he assumes audiences can't handle.
September 11, 2018
You can see the broad outline of what Jenkins wanted to accomplish with If Beale Street Could Talk, but the inside is hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 13, 2018
Despite a moving performance by Regina King, Jenkins' film has a sense of dramatic imposture and has a hard time shaking it. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 7, 2019
Overall the film is less than the sum of its extravagant plaudits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2018
A failed allegory driven by TAXI DRIVER'S music and TD's evocative gritty cinematography. Bad acts are okay if you are poor.
February 13, 2019
While not one single performance...can be faulted, the movie seems disconnected from a story that has clearly unified and inspired its actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 2, 2018
It's not a sophisticated view but a reductionist one.
February 6, 2019
Holier-than-thou black sanctity. Glutinous gospellings of martyrdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2018
The experience of this film is beyond mixed, practically schizophrenic - long stretches of portentous, syrupy emptiness, followed by scenes that rank with Jenkins' best work in "Moonlight" and "Medicine for Melancholy."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2018
Where Moonlight had a light, original touch, If Beale Street Could Talk is weighed down with a slow, prettified style and with music that's asked to do too much.
November 30, 2018
The planets of the plot, as it were, are more exciting than the sun around which they revolve.
November 30, 2018
Jenkins's Beale Street is not sensual or idealistic enough, and it feels thoroughly inauthentic.
December 28, 2018
For some reason, however, Jenkins freezes everything in amber, and the blind man never sings.
March 18, 2019
A visually stunning and emotionally intense meditation on young love, family and social injustice in America.
March 2, 2019
Jenkins performs a miracle avoiding bathos while baring raw emotion, presenting the cruelty of the world and its bitter fruit without dulling the love that makes living worthwhile.
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.
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