Paramount Vantage | Release Date: March 2, 2007
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Generally favorable reviews based on 79 Ratings
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JudyTMar 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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MichaelB.Mar 5, 2007
Seemed to be heading into the right direction until the last 15 minutes.
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MauraC.Mar 6, 2007
This movie was just a bit too odd for me to fully appreciate. Every time I started to enjoy it, I thought again "he has a half-naked girl chained to his radiator." Somehow, that one part of the movie destroyed it for me. Some great scenes, This movie was just a bit too odd for me to fully appreciate. Every time I started to enjoy it, I thought again "he has a half-naked girl chained to his radiator." Somehow, that one part of the movie destroyed it for me. Some great scenes, some great acting, and enjoyable integration of music. Overall just a little too hard for me to participate in the "suspension of disbelief" for this film. Expand
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ChadS.Mar 7, 2007
"Black Snake Moan" uses the blues as its primary motif, then completely wastes it; because in the disastrous third act, what ensues plays like an atonement for Rae's wicked ways(or a creative compromise for the sake of financing and the "Black Snake Moan" uses the blues as its primary motif, then completely wastes it; because in the disastrous third act, what ensues plays like an atonement for Rae's wicked ways(or a creative compromise for the sake of financing and the almighty green light). We want "Black Snake Moan" to be more like a R.L. Burnside song, but instead the tune changes and it's more like Lisa Germano's "You Make me Want to Wear Dresses". If this film had the conviction to portray a loose and sexually carnivorous woman without any apologies, maybe the third act could've been used to comic effect. However, this carefully calibrated film, built like "Pygmallion", was leading us up to this transformation; because unfortunately, "Black Snake Moan" is a prick tease. Ricci really ignites the screen as a honest-to-goodness nymphomaniac, but then the audience is saddled with the story of How She Got That Way. It's kind of a drag. God wins in "Black Snake Moan"(this film is no place for a preacher), but we lose(c'mon Justin, pop a cap in that...). Expand
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AliceB.Mar 6, 2007
You have to wonder what makes a man imagine a story like this, featuring the character of a perfectly formed nubile young woman becoming spontaneously orgasmic in the middle of, say, an empty field. That said, the development of the You have to wonder what makes a man imagine a story like this, featuring the character of a perfectly formed nubile young woman becoming spontaneously orgasmic in the middle of, say, an empty field. That said, the development of the father-daughter style relationship between Rae and Lazarus is sweetly done, and their joint journey out of their personal hells is intriguing, if not particularly probable. Worth seeing if you enjoy watching Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci; but overall a silly movie. Expand
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Tss5078Apr 14, 2013
Samuel L. Jackson is legendary and he has the unique ability to turn even a strange movie like this, into something that is worth watching. Black Snake Moan is a really ridiculous story, full of odd symbolism that just really doesn't make anySamuel L. Jackson is legendary and he has the unique ability to turn even a strange movie like this, into something that is worth watching. Black Snake Moan is a really ridiculous story, full of odd symbolism that just really doesn't make any sense. Jackson plays Lazarus, a loner who lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere. He's a deeply religious man, whose wife just left him for his brother. Lazarus responded to this by locking himself away and putting all he has into his farm. One morning he finds a badly beaten girl, with a reputation, laying in the road and decides to help her, but he soon comes to believe that this girl is possessed and that God sent her too him for help. Not knowing what to do, Lazarus takes this sex crazed, drug addict and chains her to the wall of his house. Throughout this film, there are all kinds of symbols that don't make any sense. There are scenes featuring an old blues singer talking nonsense, scenes of the town that we almost never see, and perhaps strangest of all, there are moles added to Jackson's face, something you don't see except it cases of a biography. As for the performances, they were terrific, This is the best performance I've ever seen Christina Ricci give and she really gave Jackson a run for his money. Jackson, was also great, giving what you expect to see from him, albeit with less swearing than usual. The performances were really the only thing this film did have going for it as the events that take place just don't make any sense. The film jumps around, leaving things unfinished, and personalities seem to change as often as the wind blows. It's a pet peeve of mine, but I really hate when great performances are wasted on a film that is so poorly written, that it's almost unwatchable. Black Snake Moan is sloppy, jumps around without finishing things, and at times just doesn't make sense. It was an interesting idea with a terrific cast, but the people behind it were clearly in way over their head and just didn't really seem to know where they were going or even what they were doing. Expand
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