Baadasssss! Reviews

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August 1, 2004
It's an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.
July 2, 2004
It's a great story and well worth remembering.
June 25, 2004
Effectively raw and stylish.
June 25, 2004
Van Peebles' stiff, needlessly flashy direction lacks the energy this material required to become truly transporting, and the relationships between the characters, particularly the father and son, is never convincing.
June 25, 2004
Not just forgiving toward the elder Van Peebles, it's filled with a spirit of comic amazement about what he accomplished.
June 24, 2004
A reminder that good intentions don't always make for good movies.
June 18, 2004
A great glimpse inside an artist's struggle. That is, an artist's funky, nasty struggle.
June 17, 2004
What it lacks in focus, it makes up for in energy and commitment.
June 11, 2004
Mario's done a good job of depicting Melvin's accomplishments. Yet it seems to me that he's still selling his father's legacy short.
June 11, 2004
Never feels like anything more than kids playing dress-up.
June 11, 2004
A lively, absorbing, often uncannily authentic docudrama.
June 11, 2004
Mario lacks the finesse as a filmmaker to deliver the nuanced portrait his father deserves, but he largely succeeds: We see Melvin as a flawed man, but one who worked for something larger than himself.
June 11, 2004
Full of itself, as fiercely independent as it should be and primed with real passion, Baadasssss! is a salute to an imperfect man, a history of an imperfect time and a celebration of an imperfect film that kicked doors open.
June 11, 2004
More nuanced and displays far more filmmaking finesse than Mario's previous films as a director.
June 11, 2004
Fascinating, raw and full of the kind of crazy life we don't see enough of on screen.
June 11, 2004
A color-saturated celebration of cinematic pleasure and filial love.
June 11, 2004
One of the best movies I've seen about the making of a movie.
June 10, 2004
It's hard to imagine that the chronicle of an artistic ordeal could be this much fun to watch.
June 10, 2004
A sobering and wildly entertaining account of how the elder Van Peebles crashed through the hurdles that continue to hinder independent filmmakers.
June 10, 2004
It works as a biopic, as a truly American story, and as a sentimental, but never cloying, gift from son to father -- and from father to son.
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