Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Reviews

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January 26, 2021
I'm not usually a fan of big performances or Acting with a capital A, but the ferocity of Boseman's portrayal perfectly fits the character and the unfolding narrative
January 23, 2021
I liked the performances of Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Davis uses her eyes to good effect, while Boseman uses his hands. Body language has its own story too tell.
January 20, 2021
Each of the actors rises to the occasion in this production, riding a wave of heat crafted by screenwriter and Wilson whisperer Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
January 19, 2021
A digestible watch, and very very entertaining. It moves and just keeps going.
January 19, 2021
From the performance angle, you are in for something amazing, just watching these people do what they do.
January 16, 2021
Don't let the theatrical origins of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom stop you from enjoying its many pleasures. After all, in the words of Ma Rainey, "The more music you have in the world, the fuller it is."
January 15, 2021
Boseman's performance is extraordinary. He imbues Levee with an intensity that is mesmerizing.
January 15, 2021
...The performance here by the late Chadwick Boseman here is truly the film's shining achievement. Not just because it's his final role, but because it is easily his best.
January 14, 2021
Powerful adaptation of play has intense emotion, language.
January 13, 2021
One is left with a vision of suffering personified, how beauty and horror seem inseparable, the one a response to the other, ad infinitum.
January 12, 2021
This is no uplifting tale meant to reassure us of a better world. It's an ode to a woman and her music, which spoke for those who were mostly robbed of a voice and so much more.
January 12, 2021
The downside to the film's almost musical rhythm is that it never quite transcends its stagey feel... On the other hand, it's hard to argue against the power of seeing Boseman or Davis' faces fill the screen.
January 12, 2021
Nothing in Ma Rainey can escape the pull of Boseman's personal off-screen tragedy and its powerful interaction with one of Wilson's most tragic characters.
January 10, 2021
This is a heartfelt film which lays bare the Black experience in America.
January 9, 2021
Alternately funny and heart-rending...
January 8, 2021
Boseman lets you feel every ounce of pain coercing through Levy's body. While the entire cast gives rock solid performances, the late star is the one who stands out.
January 8, 2021
Based on a true story, the film shows the exploitation of black culture in the music world [Full Review in Spanish]
January 6, 2021
If it weren't for Boseman's fragile Levee and an indomitable Davis as his counterpoint, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom might have landed dryly, as a dutiful filmed version of the play.
January 5, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is pure art, just as beautiful as it is heartbreaking.
January 4, 2021
Every single minute matters.
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