Black and Blue

critic Reviews

51% Rotten Tomatometer Score51%
  • Black and Blue is elevated by Naomie Harris' central performance, even if the end result suffers from a simplistic treatment of topical themes.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    Harris earns our empathy while playing both action hero and emotional centre, her performance deepening the context of the film, turning it into something more vibrant than you would expect.
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    Frank OchiengFlick Feast
    However, it is too bad that such hostile societal observations in Black and Blue are contained in a generic, clunky action-pack spectacle that undermines its profound presentation about police corruption and minority alienation.
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    Mark JacksonEpoch Times
    A powerful addition to the gritty, high-tension, dimly lit, dirty-cop thriller genre, which includes Kurt Russell in "Dark Blue," Denzel Washington in "Training Day," and Richard Gere in "Internal Affairs."
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    Debbie Lynn EliasBehind The Lens
    In what has become trademark storytelling for director Deon Taylor, Black and Blue rises to the top of the cinematic ladder with a socially conscious commentary told within the parameters of an action thriller.
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    Felix Vasquez Jr.Cinema Crazed
    Just a fine thriller that gets by thanks to its strong performances, slick action and timely undertones.
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    Enough of the flick works -- thanks a great deal to Harris' performance. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
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    Tony BakerTony Baker Comedy
    I was intrigued by the whole movie.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    It pulls off its conventional material in interesting ways.
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    Daniel GoodwinHeyUGuys
    What we're left with is passable urban action jaunt which, despite being bolstered by some fitting realism thanks to its grim, inner city locations and acting, resounds as nothing more than sub-par corrupt US cop fodder which passes time but rarely rivets
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    Edward BoxlerCultured Vultures
    Black and Blue is a confused and unsettling film for confused, unsettling times.
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