100

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Baadasssss is about feeling pain and frustration, about having a sense of purpose that overwhelms everything else, about great cost and great risk, the pain of isolation and the intoxicating effect of fighting against the odds.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What's fascinating is the way Mario, working from his father's autobiography and his own memories, has somehow used his first-hand experience without being cornered by it.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The beauty of Baadasssss! is the way Mario Van Peebles salutes his father's truth by coaxing it into legend.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A much better movie than the one it honors.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film is technically raw, but the sight of Van Peebles playing his father at a defining moment in movie history exerts a potent fascination.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Baadasssss! is the portrait of a visionary with a blind spot, a man starved for kindness who can no longer recognize the responsibility to be kind, even to his kids. But it's a portrait of a visionary nonetheless.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Both public tribute and private therapy session, Baadasssss! should have been a self-conscious disaster. By confronting his past with wit and style, Van Peebles has instead created a meta-cool history lesson and homage.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This movie is more wistful and winking, though it's obvious Mario is still working out emotional baggage with his tyrannically driven old man.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Sobering and wildly entertaining.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

One of the best looks at a period in American film to be seen in a long, long while. BaadAsssss Cinema has meat on its bones and analysis in its soul.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.