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Mo' Better Blues Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
September 22, 2008
Though it's full of striking visual ideas and actorly turns, it never fully convinces.
February 9, 2006
Despite stylish camerawork and sturdy acting, this lengthy indulgence succeeds neither as jazz movie nor as cautionary tale.
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
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?'
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 12, 2001
For the only time in his remarkable career, Spike Lee has failed to tell it like it is.
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.
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.
January 1, 1800
Full Review | Original Score: B-