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  • Summary: Fate can be a twisted sister when it comes to rescue, and when it comes to love's torment, rescue can come in the pairing of the most disparate souls. Fate found that coupling in Lazarus (Jackson) and Rae (Ricci). (Paramount Vantage)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. A gorgeous, life-affirming movie. On paper, it sounds lurid bordering on ridiculous.
  2. Black Snake Moan' is a trip to that unfamiliar territory well worth tagging along on.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    Perpetually wide-eyed and mega-snarly bedraggled, Christina Ricci prowls through Black Snake Moan looking like something the cat dragged in. If you're anything like me, you'll be very grateful to the cat.
  4. Brewer knows how to guide his leads through this improbable story, and he kept me interested in spite of everything.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Mix Brigitte Bardot in "And God Created Woman" with Carroll Baker in "Baby Doll," sex it up times 10 and you have a notion of the effect of Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan.
  6. The blues music in "Moan" is superfine, but my oh my, what to make of the ripe Southern cliches and this absurd story. The film is so jaw-dropping awful that it just might become a boxoffice hit.
  7. At heart, "BSM" is no different from the midnight movies of the '60s and '70s that reveled in a head-spinning blend of blatant exploitation, provocative racial commentary and overwrought performances.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. May 4, 2015
    10
    n save for a few solid laughs. I laughed, a LOT - far more than I expected to. With all of the cookie cutter schlock that has "something forn save for a few solid laughs. I laughed, a LOT - far more than I expected to. With all of the cookie cutter schlock that has "something for evELlegal show de bola Expand
  2. MarkR.
    Mar 3, 2007
    10
    A genre blender and a genre buster. This film is different from anything else that you will see this year.
  3. MccoyW.
    Nov 16, 2007
    9
    good movie,good acting It takes a pretty good movie to keep myself infront of the tv the entire show.watched from start to finish.
  4. JR
    Mar 4, 2007
    8
    These "journalists" are on crack. This movie was surprisingly sweet and moving. The performances overshadowed the somewhat crazy premise -- These "journalists" are on crack. This movie was surprisingly sweet and moving. The performances overshadowed the somewhat crazy premise -- which, by the way was only the middle act of the film. Don't listen to what the critics see. Check it out for yourself. Expand
  5. TylerD
    Jul 6, 2007
    8
    Though starts mind-numbingly slow, Black Snake Moan suddenly picks up and becomes an emotionally powerful and engaging drama that it hopes to Though starts mind-numbingly slow, Black Snake Moan suddenly picks up and becomes an emotionally powerful and engaging drama that it hopes to be. Samuel is brilliant this time around, and Ricci gives one of her best performances yet. Expand
  6. Kamille
    May 4, 2007
    7
    It's alrighty! You are stuck thinking something, until oh I dont' know the last 20 or so minutes of the movie...it all turns It's alrighty! You are stuck thinking something, until oh I dont' know the last 20 or so minutes of the movie...it all turns around. Surprise endings are great, but it wasn't a surprise it was hatred...It's so unbelievably bluesy! But c'mon we all go to see it for Justin anyway. And goodness, Samuel's hit his ups and downs, but he did an alright act with co-star Ricci. It's a bit, hmm...sexual! Kinda wasteful, but I wouldn't say to miss it. Expand
  7. JudyT
    Mar 4, 2007
    4
    Could have been much better if they had focused more on Lazarus than Rae and her husband with their marital, sexual and anxiety problems.

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