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Mo' Better Blues Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 22, 2008
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 22, 2008
Though it's full of striking visual ideas and actorly turns, it never fully convinces.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Despite stylish camerawork and sturdy acting, this lengthy indulgence succeeds neither as jazz movie nor as cautionary tale.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Mo' Better Blues is not a great film, but it's an interesting one, which is almost as rare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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?'
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
For the only time in his remarkable career, Spike Lee has failed to tell it like it is.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If Lee was striving to convey a fuller sense of the jazz musician's life, of the connections between black life and black music, or a deeper, more soulful feeling for the music itself, his efforts fall short.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Few will accuse Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues of being a masterpiece. But it's still full of the things that make Spike Lee films, well, Spike Lee films. Full of the fun, full of the spirit.
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1800
Full Review | Original Score: B-