• 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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  • 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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  • Michael Woods

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

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

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  • DT

    ★★★★ Watched by DT 08 Mar, 2014

    In viewing its own tensions through the prism of show business, Lee’s potency is reduced to a jazzier pace in tackling more universal, if touching lessons in life and love, as race simply becomes part of the scenery. It still pales as the follow-up to Do the Right Thing, but as a vibrant exercise in colour, music and romance, Lee’s sense of humanity and panache remain intact, and sources of fervour in themselves.

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  • jhiou

    ★★★★ Watched by jhiou 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 :)

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  • 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…

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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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  • 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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  • hugoball49

    ★★★½ Watched by hugoball49 27 Apr, 2014 1

    I'm sure you can find mo' better reviews out there, but this is all I got.

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  • Cityzen Kano

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Cityzen Kano 21 Jan, 2014

    Part Four of the Spike Lee Feature Film Project

    Spike surrounded himself with a close knit unit of workers in all aspects of the production during his early films, an extended family that included real blood ties. His sister Joie - very much a female version of her brother in a number of ways - and father Bill whose compositions work in tandem with his sons often patchwork approach.

    Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, Bill Nunn and of course Samuel Jackson…

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  • Steve Sandberg

    ★★★½ Watched by Steve Sandberg 11 Sep, 2013

    More great moments than great film, but damn... those great moments are great.

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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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