Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Reviews

January 4, 2021
Instead of the fraternal interplay that [Robert] Altman and [Darnell] Martin were so good at, Wolfe and Washington aim for predictable tragedy.
December 23, 2020
Ma Rainey has the weight of Hollywood power players behind it, but it seems incapable or uninterested in taking advantage of the delights of what film can do.
December 17, 2020
Ruben Santiago-Hudson's script retains Wilson's vernacular prose, but much of this material seems tangential to Rainey's music.
November 26, 2020
Davis, proving there are no limits or boundaries to her work as a performer, is monumental in every way as Ma Rainey. It feels more like a play and less like a film every time she is off-screen.