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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. I knew blues music can make you feel you're not alone when your woman has gone, and rock your soul when you're on top of the world. But until I saw Black Snake Moan, I didn't know it could also cure nymphomania.
  3. 75
    Brewer, who romanticized the world of pimps and ho's in "Hustle & Flow," is obviously out to push some politically incorrect buttons with this ludicrous - yet, in the end, sweetly involving - Southern Gothic pulp yarn.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Black Snake Moan morphs into a wacky intergenerational bonding movie, something closer to "Harold and Maude" or "The Karate Kid" with a dusting of Southern grit.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The best thing about Black Snake Moan, a song title, is the blues soundtrack. The movie is an absurdly jarring collection of archetypal characters in miserable circumstances with a resolution that feels forced and tacked on.
  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. Maybe Jackson should avoid any more movies with "snake" in the title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. TP.
    Jul 18, 2007
    Loved it. Like others have commented - judging from the title and poster, wouldn't have guessed I would've liked this so much. But with an incredible soundtrack from some of my favorite Fat Possum recording artists* and really strong acting from several characters, this is on my top list for this year. *A great double feature would be the RL Burnside documentary "You See Me Laughin". Dig it. Expand
  2. TheMoviePinhead
    Mar 2, 2007
    Wow! I went into this movie with high expectations (after my "mediocre" expectations for "Zodiac" were, unfortunately confirmed), and It was better than I even hoped. This is a powerful movie. Directed at a level up there with Tarintino and a crew of actors that give it 11 out out of 10. Go see it! Now! Expand
  3. Jennifer
    Aug 22, 2007
    Loved this movie! What a great job done in building the unexpected relationship between Jackson and Ricci. I loved how some of the scenes in the movie ended as though you were watching a play. The film was as hot and sticky as a hot summer day in the south. Both characters fighting their own personal demons manage to find a small piece of stable ground to stand on in each other. Samuel L. not only manages to give another great acting performance but provides some great music as well. I think those who don't appreciate this movie are just used to the same old thing being put out over and over again and cannot see past the choices we have been forced to choose from here lately. See the movie. I doubt it will disappoint. Expand
  4. Mark
    Mar 4, 2007
    Freakin Sam Jackson is THE MAN. It was awesome and depressing and hot and inspiring and I'm buying the soundtrack. I don't know how Christina manages to peel herself open on film that way. Someone should win an Oscar but of course they won't. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Jun 28, 2007
    Weird and sexual. Emotionally engaging. It's bluesy brilliance.
  6. DeWayneG.
    Mar 11, 2007
    This movie has some redeeming merit and all the basics, but asks us to suspend too much disbelief for too long, then to have too much hope, and doesn
  7. JudyT
    Mar 4, 2007
    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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