Baadasssss! (2003)

In 1971, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles released his third film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which he wrote, directed, and scored. Despite boasting an all-black cast, an X rating, a low budget, and a decidedly non-Hollywood… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 7, 2003
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An entertaining and intriguing tribute to a father from his son.

David Denby
New Yorker

It's an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Effectively raw and stylish.

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Kaleem Aftab
The List

[An] enjoyable docu-romp... Sadly, there's neither enough first-hand evidence from Van Peebles Sr. himself nor sufficient social historical perspective for Baadasssss to make the leap from being a good documentary to a great one.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Seethes with well-targeted humor that mixes comfortably with its simmering energy and anger.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Deborah Hornblow
Hartford Courant

Audiences unfamiliar with "Sweetback'' can enjoy and understand the story chronicled in "Baadasssss!,'' but the experience is infinitely richer if you have seen the film that inspired it.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a great story and well worth remembering.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Not just forgiving toward the elder Van Peebles, it's filled with a spirit of comic amazement about what he accomplished.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This is excellent and well worth the watch for any artist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Ever wonder what it would be like to make your own film without a studio to support you and no money in the bank to fund it. Well, thankfully Mario Van… More
Lesley N
Not so much a documentary (though its filmed like one) but a drama showing how Melvin Van Peebles' "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." got… More
Neum Daddy
[left][font=Arial][size=2]My co-workers are silly. Thank goodness. Recently, one of them was out of town, and left his sea monkeys on his desk… More
Brian R
This is a great film, a film I would have definetly want to make about learning how to make and finance an independent picture while risking everything on the… More
John Ballantine
I never saw an original Melvin Van Peebles film but after seeing Baadasssss..I don't know where these films have been throughout my life. A fabulous and… More
Wu Chouin
Nice slice of black cinema history.