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Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

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  1. 75
    Wattstax is a disorienting and ironic moviegoing experience. It's a film about the curative powers of rhythm-and-blues music that sets out to frustrate your sense of rhythm in its insistence on the blues.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Scheinfeld
    70
    The film is saved by the raw power of the performances, and especially, Richard Pryor's bitterly funny observations.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill White
    100
    Commentary from shockingly outspoken Watts residents on topics ranging from revolution to infidelity are a vital part of the documentary.