• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 29, 2021
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Alex Diggins
    Oct 28, 2021
    60
    Buried inside the loose folds of Colin in Black & White is a lean, sharp-edged polemic about the American sports-industrial complex. As it stands though, this series stumbles some way short of the end zone.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Oct 28, 2021
    60
    “Colin” triggers that unscratchable itch that comes from a television show as easy to admire as it is hard to love. There’s still a great story to be told from Kaepernick’s life, but “Colin” feels like wasted potential.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 25, 2021
    60
    Six half-hour episodes that swing between wildly perceptive and entirely self-obsessed, between artistic innovation and bland formula, between being a show that I thought could and should be watched by everybody and being a show whose target audience may only be Kaepernick himself.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristen Lopez
    Oct 29, 2021
    58
    “Colin in Black and White” can feel sentimental and blunt in a way that feels as disparate as those two terms are. But there’s something highly watchable about it, particularly in young Colin’s narrative.
  5. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Nov 1, 2021
    50
    "Colin in Black and White" is ambitious in the similar way to young Colin Kaepernick, in that it is attempting to pull off several storytelling approaches in six episodes. It would have been far more effective if it had focused on one of those avenues and laid it out for us, brick by brick. Instead we're presented a pile of narrative that doesn't neatly cohere.
  6. Reviewed by: Saloni Gajjar
    Oct 27, 2021
    50
    It’s already a massive undertaking to dive into his upbringing, and Colin In Black And White only sporadically tugs at heartstrings or provides meaningful insight while doing so.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 27, 2021
    50
    Colin Kaepernick possesses greater gifts as an athlete and activist than as a TV personality, which becomes apparent watching "Colin in Black & White," a series that -- much like NBC's "Young Rock" -- revisits a famous person's early life, here by awkwardly mixing documentary and dramatic elements.
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 11 out of 18
  1. Oct 31, 2021
    7
    very well acted particularly by the young Colin played by Jaden Michael. The kid is very likeable. A lot of interesting points made aboutvery well acted particularly by the young Colin played by Jaden Michael. The kid is very likeable. A lot of interesting points made about incipient and subtle racism. A little heavy handed and obvious at times. The parents seem a little too oblivious but seem well meaning and loving. Certainly well worth seeing. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2021
    0
    Imagine working for a shoe company that uses near slave and child labor to make their products and still having the audacity to compare theImagine working for a shoe company that uses near slave and child labor to make their products and still having the audacity to compare the NFL combine to the slave trade. Full Review »
  3. Nov 1, 2021
    7
    Colin in Black & White is an interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining series. Because of Kaepernick's celebrity - and the reasonsColin in Black & White is an interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining series. Because of Kaepernick's celebrity - and the reasons behind that celebrity - there's a certain expectation of what you're going to see. This isn't that story. It's targeted toward a much younger, less critical audience. Colin has a good deal of cartoonish characterizations, and heavy-handed dialogue that many older adults are likely to find tiresome. Still, the overall themes of social awareness, importance of community, and an attempt at explaining the effects of race and racism in America are undeniably important and significant in today's reality. The push to pursue personal truth through those parts of life that makes us happy, makes us love, makes us passionate, is a righteous and noble theme, worthy of portraying. Each person who views this series - child, teen, adults of all ages - will probably recognize something of themselves in Colin in Black and White. That along with an engaging, fully realized, and beautifully handled lead performance by Jaden Michael as the young Kaepernick, makes this a must see for teens, young adults, and those who need to know the reality of race relations in America. In that regard it's well worth a look. And for those adults who may be a bit more jaded when it comes to shows such as this ... watch it again and this time imagine you're a teen, just starting to make your way through a complicated maze of social dos & don'ts. Colin in Black and White can serve as a kind of primer of what young people can expect going through life. In one way this is illuminating. In another way it's a bit of a slog to be reminded that race continues to be an issue in American culture ... so get prepared now because it's not going to go away any time soon. Colin lends itself to being viewed as an adult with all our current baggage blocking any real appreciation of the series, or as a young adult/teen where one hopes the viewer will enjoy the YA drama and at the same time leave with its important life lessons firmly rooted and able to grow in each viewer. Full Review »