Blood Done Sign My Name

Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16

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  1. Though it can't quite transcend its filmmaker's earnest intentions, this solemn history lesson offers several powerful moments.
  2. 50
    Jeb Stuart directed, his well-rounded portrait of the community partly undermined by the slack editing; with Rick Schroder as the minister and Michael Rooker as the defense attorney.
  3. 50
    A curious, somewhat ungainly movie. But it is also rich and fascinating. At times you think you are watching a clumsy stage pageant superimposed on a documentary; it’s so stiff, and yet at the same time so real.
  4. Suffers from an awkward, plodding structure that robs it of much of its dramatic effect.
  5. Despite its earnestness and valuable lessons, however, "Blood" feels a little like preaching to the choir.
  6. An earnest, if inert, civil rights docudrama clearly shot on the cheap (many of the wigs appear to have been borrowed from the Black Dynamite set).
  7. Ultimately, however, the movie is about the fact that there was a civil rights movement at all, and incidents like the murder of Dickie Marrow necessitated that movement--deep into the 1970s and beyond.
  8. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    40
    Comes off as a painfully old-fashioned, flatly directed exercise in passionless historical reenactment.
  9. The material gets away from him (Stuart) quickly, leaving emotionally forced, clunky filmmaking that feels simultaneously rushed and dawdling, like a chopped-down TV miniseries. (It even has natural commercial breaks.)
  10. 40
    You can’t deny the inspirational qualities of the story or Parker’s screen presence, any more than you could accuse the film of subtlety or of masking its conspicuous pro-Christian agenda.

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