Black Snake Moan

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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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Score distribution:
  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: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. TP.
    Jul 18, 2007
    10
    Loved it. Like others have commented - judging from the title and poster, wouldn't have guessed I would've liked this so much. But 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
    10
    Wow! I went into this movie with high expectations (after my "mediocre" expectations for "Zodiac" were, unfortunately confirmed), and It was 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
    9
    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 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
    8
    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 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
    8
    Weird and sexual. Emotionally engaging. It's bluesy brilliance.
  6. DeWayneG.
    Mar 11, 2007
    7
    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
    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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