The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Log in with Facebook
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
No consensus yet.
No consensus yet.
All Critics (16)
| Top Critics (5)
| Fresh (12)
| Rotten (4)
| DVD (1)
Sometimes Zebrahead spells things out too neatly, and the talk at the end gets a little didactic. But Drazan's clear-eyed affection for his characters is contagious. His heartfelt, plain-spoken movie achieves real, unforced power.
In the absence of the usual teen-movie pyrotechnics, Zebrahead has a quiet, stagy style, more like a 1950's teleplay with a social conscience than a stormy present-day tale of racial strife.
Zebrahead is not so much a movie as notes toward a movie - a good one, judging by what's on the screen.
In Anthony Drazan's enjoyably offbeat Zebrahead, racial definition is the least important thing about anybody.
Zebrahead is a thoughtful film that speaks honestly and hopefully to urban teens. Drazan has earned his stripes.
It is a remarkable first film, not only for what it says about friendship, love and antagonisms between young urban blacks and whites, but for how sharply it reveals a city making headlines even now with a new, true tragedy.
The movie takes us to the two places where bigotry are both nurtured and perpetuated, the home (here single parent) and the racially diverse school, where the youngsters prove more mature and open-minded than their parents.
A movie more earnest and well-meaning than wholly successful, Zebrahead is still worthy of praise - if only for treating its teenagers like actual people.
The shooting seems like a lame attempt to inflate a small, well-observed story with a significance it hasn't earned.
The 'Okay, so what?' dissatisfied feeling does not serve this film well.
Some of the film comes off as rather superficial, but there are moments of truth that ring throughout.
The pulsing beats collected by music supervisor M.C. Serch...act almost as another living player in the film, imbuing it with a certitude which surely would have left Drazan's film lacking had it not been there.
There are no featured reviews for Zebrahead at this time.
There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.
200 Essential Movies
Chosen by RT staff!
200 Freshest Movies
The best-reviewed since 1998
30 Great Scenes
30 great scenes in Rotten movies
Best of Netflix
Movies and shows to binge now
More News & Features