Black and Blue

critic Reviews

52% Rotten Tomatometer Score52%
  • 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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    Noëlle D. LilleyChicago Reader
    The movie falters when pushed beyond its intriguing premise to a meaningful message.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    This is a film that pulls off the impressive trick of being gritty and cheesy at the same time.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is just a cops-ploitation, scream-at-the-screen picture, but I had a lot of fun with it with an audience.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Strong performances by Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson aren't enough to save this predictable and sometimes maddeningly stupid shoot-'em-up.
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    Weldon B. JohnsonArizona Republic
    [D]irector Deon Taylor ("The Intruder," "Traffik") keeps the action moving along at a swift enough pace to keep you on edge.
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    Benjamin LeeGuardian
    Noble intentions are up against dog-eared cliches and frustratingly, it's a battle that too often leads to us, the audience, losing.
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    Phumlani S LangaCity Press (South Africa)
    It was impressive to see what director Deon Taylor could conjure up when he isn't playing the upstanding Luke Cage on Netflix. Films that take place over a day or two always seem more exciting.
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    Tom ChatalbashFilm Inquiry
    Black And Blue infuses this classic story with considerable life and energy, making it one of the more memorable pleasant surprises of the year thus far.
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    Linda CookQuad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    'Black and Blue' is timely law-enforcement actioner.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    ... generates some moderate suspense as a cat-and-mouse thriller, although any deeper exploration of socioeconomic inequality and racial profiling feels exaggerated and heavy-handed.
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