The Last Black Man in San Francisco Reviews

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March 12, 2020
With storybook-like cinematography to a score that has the longingness of memory and urgency to match the characters onscreen, Joe Talbot shows his appreciation for his home city while giving Jimmie Fails' story its just due.
February 25, 2020
In terms of more mainstream Hollywood bromance films, The Last Black Man in San Francisco signals a major departure.
February 13, 2020
The film would be an achievement in terms of character and theme alone, but Talbot shows an awareness for imagery that elevates the script even further (co-written with Rob Richert and co-conceived with Fails).
February 6, 2020
The opening 5 minutes alone are cinematic heaven and we can only hope Talbot and Fails return in years to come to tell more stories.
January 17, 2020
This is a delicate and thoughtful film, a fine first directing effort by Joe Talbot, with a story written, in part, by Fails himself based on his own experiences.
January 6, 2020
The Last Black Man in San Francisco has an ecstatic, almost hallucinatory beauty reminiscent of Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi-style visions. But really, this isn't all that comparable to anything you've seen before.
December 27, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco possessed a rare quality of being deeply authentic and idiosyncratic at the same time. I haven't seen anything quite like it.
December 26, 2019
What I felt were off-putting idiosyncrasies at the start inevitably become charming quirks to remember fondly. [I eventually got] swept up by the film's artistic potency.
December 23, 2019
As it stands, this indie drama is a haunting and elegiac ode to San Francisco's storied past, in-flux present, and uncertain future.
December 21, 2019
A work of quiet, unassuming beauty. A probing, deeply personal exploration of his own family history and his love for the place he calls home.
December 11, 2019
There may not be an indie darling quite like The Last Black Man in San Francisco in 2019, and that's because few films will feel as singular in their vision.
November 8, 2019
Fails and Talbot's writing follows no script doctor's convention. The direction reveals no obvious influences.
October 30, 2019
It's less of a rallying cry against gentrification than a rumination on the kind of pained acceptance those who suffer its effects must face.
October 28, 2019
This is a wonderful film, odd, eccentric, inventive, thoughtful, life-affirming.
October 28, 2019
Brilliantly written, scored, acted, photographed and edited, TLBINSF also signals the arrival of a gifted and vibrant young director, and I cannot wait to see what he does next.
October 28, 2019
Poignant, funny and beautifully shot, it is a film about belonging, friendship, the sense of self - and, to a certain extent, about capitalism. The leads are wonderful in this film that lingers.
October 28, 2019
The whole film feels like a retreat of sorts: soulfully earnest and tenderly intentioned, but also sleepy-headed and hermetic, a fairy tale in amber that seems to glow from afar, even as you're watching it.
October 28, 2019
It's beautifully filmed and perfectly played. The final shot is as epic as it is heartbreaking.
October 28, 2019
The men behind The Last Black Man in San Francisco aren't trying to be cool or sleek. That's the last thing on their minds and probably explains why they do such a fine job of standing out from the crowd.
October 28, 2019
If it doesn't all cohere, first-time actor Fails has a hurt soulfulness deeper than his surroundings. And if it is itself a touch gentrified, this matches its characters' aspirations beyond their social boxes, leaving a sweet and kindly aftertaste.
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