• Steven Cohen

    ★★★½ Watched by Steven Cohen 21 Jun, 2015

    Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues flows a little like the jazz that the film is about (gosh what a stupid analogy), so even though it is a little drawn out, strong performances and great music keep the film from feeling slight.


  • Tony Rittenhouse

    ★★★ Watched by Tony Rittenhouse 13 Sep, 2015

    Much less confident and assured than Lee's previous outing (Do the Right Thing), but following a masterpiece is hard to do. He goes for it in Mo' Better Blues though, a valiant effort. It's an atypical musical biopic, both because it's completely fictional and the story goes nowhere near where you'd expect. Roger Ebert wrote in his review that he felt an act was missing, one where we see the change in Bleek Gilliam from selfish virtuoso musician to humble…


  • Lionel

    ★★★½ Watched by Lionel 03 Aug, 2015

    Spike Lee is consistently underrated as a visual stylist, and this film is definitely the most gorgeously shot movie of his I've seen so far. The rich colors and creative camerawork blend masterfully with the great jazz score to create an amazing aesthetic experience that is only heightened by Denzel Washington's masterful central performance. In this film he confidently and smoothly plays a man who doesn't know what he wants, is easy to root for and engage with even though…


  • Justin Geldzahler

    ★★★ Watched by Justin Geldzahler 31 Jul, 2015

    Fuck Thomas Kinkade, Ernest Dickerson is the real painter of light. It's a shame the movie doesn't live up to his beautiful photography. This being a Spike Lee film it remains a very watchable film, despite the inert romance and over abundance of Spike Lee trying to act. There's a better film somewhere in this shaggy over two hour production, and a good chunk would have involved cutting Lee's adventures in gambling.


  • Joe Criger

    ★★★½ Watched by Joe Criger 25 Jun, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I don't know what a five star system means or how to use it, but if this rating seems high for what is essentially a decent flick about finding love after you lose your talent, it's because the photography is god damn outstanding.


  • Megan Baker

    ★★★ Watched by Megan Baker 21 Jun, 2015

    Mo' Better Blues is Spike Lee's ode to jazz and the music he grew up with. The film moves and flutters like the unpredictability of the genre paired the ups and downs of life. Denzel Washington stars as Bleek Gilliam, a dedicated trumpet player with his own quartet that plays in a New York night club. His obsession with being a genius musician makes for rocky relationships with his friends and lovers. It's a faux biopic about the almost next…


  • TJ Duane

    ★★★½ Watched by TJ Duane 22 May, 2015

    Spike Lee's love story-cum-jazz film is both filled with L-O-V-E and its complications, as well as jazzy "performances" throughout, both mimed onstage by Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes and edited through their day to day lives. Lee's film ends in a way that surprised me, and I'm not entirely certain it's earned (it's quite abrupt, in my opinion), the journey to that ending is so filled with energy that I'm most definitely on the pro side of this film.



  • Njabs Phungula

    ★★★½ Watched by Njabs Phungula 07 May, 2015 2

    Much of the cast of Do the Right Thing is gathered together for another Spike Lee joint but this time with the ever so talented Denzel Washington joining in. The film is far from perfect but it's got a nice vibe. The camera does some nice things and there's some wonderful music to be heard. I'm not sure exactly what it is that I had an issue with but with it just wasn't wholly satisfying. I wouldn't mind seeing it a few more times though. Take a look at it.


  • Mynt Marsellus

    ★★★★ Watched by Mynt Marsellus 02 May, 2015

    This is a fabulous movie, not quite to the level of Do The Right Thing but its really really great.


  • Haydn

    ★★★½ Watched by Haydn 26 Apr, 2015

    There was a lot of Jazz in this one, I only felt in on it part of the time.

    "Hey that's Flamenco Sketches!"

    "Oh hey, that's the beginning of A Love Supreme"

    "Heh, the kid is named Miles."


  • Sumner Forbes

    ★★★★ Watched by Sumner Forbes 31 Mar, 2015

    Jazz fans are comparatively few compared to the fans of other music genres, which makes Spike Lee’s film all the more daring. Fresh on the heels of Do the Right Thing, released a year earlier, Lee took a major risk in constructing a film around a music genre that has become relegated to a close-knit group of hardcore fans. While not overtly criticizing the largely Caucasian popular jazz (Frank Sinatra and Dave Brubeck immediately come to mind) that is commonly…


  • Wilson

    ★★★½ Watched by Wilson 29 Mar, 2015

    Mo' Better Blues is a hyperactive film that is weighed down by its own sense of ambition. It is full of ideas. Like a lot of early Spike Lee films it lacks focus and coherence. However, like almost all of the early Spike Lee films it is a blast. It is entertaining. It is melodrama. It is colourful, funny and stylish.

    Spike Lee directs Mo' Better Blues with flamboyance. Check out the sex scene with the 360 degree spinning camera,…