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Michael Kerbel
Village Voice
January 18, 2013
The first black director to break into commercial cinema, Van Peebles obviously feels deeply about black oppression. But he has chosen, paradoxically, to make the kinds of unrealistic films for which blacks have justly criticized white film-makers.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Most of the many vignettes are absorbing in themselves, notably an encounter with a white motorcycle gang.
Edward Douglas
August 4, 2007
However you slice it, the original movie just isn't very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10

TV Guide
March 13, 2007
A landmark in Black filmmaking in the U.S., this angry, extravagant, loud, belligerent movie reaches a high pitch early on and stays there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2007
A shrewd and powerful mix of commercial ingredients and ideological intent.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Totally uncompromising and grindingly repetitive, the film nevertheless accumulates a kind of hallucinatory groove, with unexpected shafts of bizarre humour and vigorous, experimental new wave direction.
Richard Luck
March 15, 2005
Even 30-odd years on, the picture still has more than a whiff of rebellion about it.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
November 28, 2004
"Song" broke ground for minorities, not for filmmaking
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
September 19, 2004
Melvin van Peebles' blaxploitation 'classic' still doesn't fare well by either artistic standards or simple good taste, but any student of the genre is well advised to check it out.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Instead of dramatizing injustice, Van Peebles merchandizes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 18, 2003
It is style, glamour, and even virtuosic direction (in the inclusive use of so many familiar techniques) that paves Sweetback's value as a timepiece - its lasting, testimonial contribution is its position as the first of its kind.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 3, 2002
a revolutionary movie not because it's about one man's defiance, but because it put front-and-center black issues that had never been dealt with before
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
November 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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