• Leo Brady

    ★★★★½ Watched by Leo Brady 17 Nov, 2015

    Denzel plays Bleek, a trumpet player who headlines at a local New York night club. What I loved and keep thinking about, is how "Mo' Better Blues" portrays a realistic struggle of life for men. A struggle to be the greatest in ones field, a struggle to be pleased with just one woman, and a struggle to deal with life when your greatest gift is taken away.


  • 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…


  • grace barber-plentie

    ★★★★ Added by grace barber-plentie

    I forgot Spike Lee can make really good films and I honestly feel terrible.

    I wasn't expecting to like this that much but:

    a) Denzel's a really good actor

    b) Joie Lee = heart eye emoji

    c) The third act is fucking devastating

    d) Not THAT sexist? (for a Spike film, anyway)


  • GenkiB

    ★★★★ Rewatched by GenkiB 03 Nov, 2015

    I’ve been wanting to see this for a long time. I originally saw it in the theatre and I remember having to line up for it. I liked it then so when I was putting together a list of movies I wanted to watch again, I felt this was worthy. Now, I don’t know what’s up with video stores in Japan but they don’t seem to carry a lotta Spike Lee joints? I’ve also been wanting to see “Jungle Fever”…


  • 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.


  • 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…


  • José Pontes

    ★★★★ Watched by José Pontes 22 Dec, 2013

    Espetacular, fiquei a saber mais sobre a este tipo de musica, uma herança da raça negra, ao longo do filme teve partes de um enorme cariz emocional, Robin Hughes Harris não poderia estar mais contente, um excelente filme em seu nome :)


  • Michael McCann

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael McCann 01 Jul, 2013

    "I make my living with my lips" - Bleek Gilliam

    Spike Lee did a good job capturing the essence and passion trumpeter and his jazz quartet. The music in the film is top notch thanks to Branford Marsalis Quartet. It made you feel like you were in an actual jazz club.

    The problem I had with the movie was the underdeveloped relationships with most, not all, but most relationships. That's kind of difficult to do when the film is so…


  • 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.


  • 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…


  • 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.


  • 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.