• 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

    Bleek…

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • And you may tell yourself "This is not my beautiful house", And you may tell yourself "This is not my beautiful wife".

    ★★★½ Watched by And you may tell yourself "This is not my beautiful house", And you may tell yourself "This is not my beautiful wife". 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."

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • ndoane

    ★★★ Watched by ndoane 28 Nov, 2014

    The ending makes this a hard movie to process. I initially really enjoyed the slickness of the movie and a lot of the fun camera work. And Denzel's character's dedication to the trumpet and all the politics of the band were interesting.

    There were two things that hurt me though. Spike Lee's performance. This was the first movie where his limited range really hurt. Mookie in Do the Right Thing was a perfect use of Lee as an actor. But…

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  • M.D. Perkins

    ★★★★½ Watched by M.D. Perkins 27 Sep, 2014

    Lee starts off his 90's run in a minor key (and Denzel) with this surprisingly poignant character study. Talent can make otherwise conventional material compelling and I found this to be compelling in spades. The performances, the tone, the atmosphere, the pathos. It is not only Lee's determined and vibrant aesthetic, but his sense of observation, his storytelling grace and character detail that are so wonderful. There's also a little self-depricating humor for all the people who were bothered by…

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  • Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright

    ★★★½ Watched by Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright 29 Aug, 2014

    I have never been able to get into listening to jazz. This movie, at the least, makes a good case for WATCHING the performance of jazz as a credible sight I could really get into.

    Not really considered a major Spike Lee movie (how could it be, when amongst all this talent he allows himself to steal it?), it's still a pretty compelling story about how many kinds of rivalries you can fit into one band. There are more storytelling…

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  • Michael Woods

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael Woods 08 Aug, 2014

    "I was born yesterday, but I stayed up all night."

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