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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 100
    What's fascinating is the way Mario, working from his father's autobiography and his own memories, has somehow used his first-hand experience without being cornered by it.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    88
    Overall, Baadasssss! succeeds marvelously at evoking the passion and frantic energy behind "Sweetback" and putting it all in the context of its politically charged era.
  3. 83
    Compelling both as a chronicle of guerrilla filmmaking and as a son's movie about his father, it presents a clear-eyed, warts-and-all view of artistic obsession.
  4. Both an homage to his dad and a backstage story rich in Hollywood lore.
  5. 75
    The most exhilarating film about indie moviemaking on a shoestring since "Ed Wood," even if its subject -- the director's dad, ultra-macho filmmaking pioneer Melvin Van Peebles -- couldn't be more different than the notoriously inept Wood.
  6. As frantic and frenzied as its source material.
  7. While the younger Van Peebles certainly looks the part, Baadasssss! never feels like anything more than kids playing dress-up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6

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