Jim Brown: All American Image
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  • Summary: Spike Lee directs this moving portrait of a complicated, charismatic man, one who has spent his life in the spotlight, first making football history as one of the 20th century's greatest athletes, and later as the star of numerous Hollywood features, where he pioneered a new kind ofSpike Lee directs this moving portrait of a complicated, charismatic man, one who has spent his life in the spotlight, first making football history as one of the 20th century's greatest athletes, and later as the star of numerous Hollywood features, where he pioneered a new kind of African-American hero. (Film Forum) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. From what we can tell, Brown was a dancer, all right, in life as well as on the field -- a dancer with a powerful forearm, one that Lee covers in protective padding.
  2. We never really learn what Lee thinks of this man, other than that he is worth every second of a 130-minute documentary.
  3. At its most provocative, the movie explores the masculine mystique and the myth of the black stud.
  4. 50
    Though overall an overwhelmingly positive portrayal, the film doesn't ignore the more problematic aspects of Brown's life.
  5. Since Lee is a sentimentalist, the film is more worshipful than your random "E! True Hollywood Story."
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    40
    A model of cohesion and clarity as long as it's dealing with Brown's exemplary public achievements. However, pic quickly becomes mired in tedium and confusion when it turns to Brown's scandal-ridden private life.
  7. 38
    Lee gives his childhood hero altogether too much face time to defend himself against the numerous allegations and charges of assault, both physical and sexual.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. BobF.
    Apr 26, 2010
    9
    The film could have explore a little more of the dark side, just to show how far he came with Amer-i-can. Brown is the greatest athelete The film could have explore a little more of the dark side, just to show how far he came with Amer-i-can. Brown is the greatest athelete America ever produced, and his current work with gangs and gang violence is front page news - except in America. Expand

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