Black and White


Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    It's another of Mr. Toback's quick-talking autobiographies that, like the best pop, have a clock running on their expiration dates.
  2. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    Maverick moviemaker James Toback has latched on to the most fascinating cultural phenomenon of the American moment.
  3. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    This lively mess proves that when Toback loses his head, he does it with style.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Works best as a free-flowing essay.
  5. 60
    A sui generis excursion into sex and race that is by turns terrible...and close to divine.
  6. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    An audacious but underconceived blend of fiction and documentary that questions the idea of race and identity in America.
  7. There's something deeper at play in the film, something psychologically foul, voyeuristic and personal.
  8. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    At heart a cliché-strewn melodrama about a bunch of white, upper-class Manhattan kids who aspire to ghetto culture.
  9. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Too often monochromatic, programmatic and just plain lost.
  10. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    The movie is such a mess that it seems to have been assembled from pieces randomly picked from the cutting-room floor.
  11. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    When your characters are only skin deep, so is your message.
  12. 40
    Toback's method of presenting the evidence without judgment backfires, finally appearing just as shapeless as the movie's structure.

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