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Jim Brown: All-American Reviews

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 14, 2005
Treating the [controversial] incidents with kid gloves allows Jim Brown: All-American to fit into the encomium template, but a more forthright approach is demanded.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Ochieng
April 3, 2002
What Lee does so marvelously compelling is present Brown as a catalyst for the struggle of black manhood in restrictive and chaotic America...sketchy but nevertheless gripping portrait of Jim Brown, a celebrated wonder in the spotlight
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 26, 2002
Once the sports and film clips run out, Lee doesn't have much more to work with than talking heads, and they aren't enough to keep anyone but diehard sports fans interested.
March 22, 2002
Though overall an overwhelmingly positive portrayal, the film doesn't ignore the more problematic aspects of Brown's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gene Seymour
March 22, 2002
Only an epic documentary could get it all down, and Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All American at long last gives its subject a movie worthy of his talents.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
March 22, 2002
[Lee] treats his audience the same way that Jim Brown treats his women -- as dumb, credulous, unassuming, subordinate subjects. And Lee seems just as expectant of an adoring, wide-smiling reception.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Justin Hartung
March 22, 2002
A well-rounded tribute to a man whose achievements -- and complexities -- reached far beyond the end zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 22, 2002
As the movie traces Mr. Brown's athletic exploits, it is impossible not to be awed by the power and grace of one of the greatest natural sportsmen of modern times.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
March 22, 2002
Overly long and worshipful bio-doc.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2002
Lee's achievement extends to his supple understanding of the role that Brown played in American culture as an athlete, a movie star, and an image of black indomitability.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 19, 2002
Since Lee is a sentimentalist, the film is more worshipful than your random E! True Hollywood Story.
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5

Apollo Guide
May 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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