Mo' Better Blues

1990

Mo' Better Blues

Critics Consensus

Mo' Better Blues is rich with vibrant hues and Denzel Washington's impassioned performance, although its straightforward telling lacks the political punch fans expect from a Spike Lee joint.

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Trumpeter Bleek Gilliam has many problems: his jazz quintet is troubled by internal rivalry, his manager and friend is deeply in debt to a bookie, and he is torn between two women. Spike Lee's colorful, jazz-fueled drama follows Bleek's attempts to juggle his friends, lovers, and, most importantly, his music.

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Critic Reviews for Mo' Better Blues

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (9)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • It's a burning, feeling film of impulses, bringing out the best in the filmmaker, who used to create miniature moviegoing events with his releases, before He Got Game came along and smothered his good taste.

    August 7, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • It's tight, suspenseful, funny and packed with great music.

    September 22, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Full of wonderful music, grand visuals, and melodramatic plot twists, the movie is laced with very funny moments, as well as interesting insights into the world of jazz and the plight of the dedicated musician.

    September 22, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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  • Personal rather than social issues come to the fore in Mo' Better Blues, a Spike Lee personality piece dressed in jazz trappings that puffs itself up like Bird but doesn't really fly.

    September 22, 2008 | Full Review…

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  • Denzel, Wesley and Co are fine, but Mo' Better Blues hits too many bum notes.

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Audience Reviews for Mo' Better Blues

  • Jan 27, 2012
    Benefits from the fact that this is Spike Lee's debut and doesn't feature the preachiness that brings down his later efforts.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2008
    Middling effort from Spike Lee. It had some good scenes and it was well acted, shot etc. I just didn't really like Denzel's character and I think I kind of was supposed to. It also went on longer than the material required.
    Sean L Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2008
    i love this movie denzel as player a must see
    khalvic b Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2007
    Plenty of style and energy, but not enough soul.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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