Mo' Better Blues

1990

Mo' Better Blues

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75%

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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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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

  • 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.

    Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Though it's full of striking visual ideas and actorly turns, it never fully convinces.

    Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Despite stylish camerawork and sturdy acting, this lengthy indulgence succeeds neither as jazz movie nor as cautionary tale.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Mo' Better Blues is not a great film, but it's an interesting one, which is almost as rare.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • From characters to camera angles, this story of a self-absorbed jazz trumpeter is one long cliche, the kind that might make his most loyal admirers wince and wonder, 'Spike, what happened?'

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • For the only time in his remarkable career, Spike Lee has failed to tell it like it is.

    May 12, 2001

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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