100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Along the way, Black Dynamite blends satire, nostalgia, and cinema deconstruction into a one-of-a-kind comedy high.
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90

Los Angeles Times

An enjoyable celebratory ode to a fiercely entertaining counterculture-inspired genre.
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80

Variety

This film will delight both discriminating fans of the blaxploitation tradition and ordinary lovers of goofy, in-ya-face thrills.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's one of those loving modern retreads of older genre movies.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Before an hour has passed tedium overtakes Black Dynamite - one corny martial-arts sequence turns out to be plenty - and all the good jokes dry up.
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60

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
The movie gets old fast--mostly because it’s bringing up the rear after "Undercover Brother" (2002) And "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988). But the kung-fu climax at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (“the Honky House”) is nearly worth the wait, and Adrian Younge’s score, with its moody horns, is a perfect snapshot of early 70s soul.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Less deadpan spoof than loving act of possession, Black Dynamite near-fully channels the look and feel of its blaxploitation ancestors, warts and all.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Just like the movies it parodies, this one feels over long before it's actually done.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Even if it's a one-joke movie that runs out of steam, director Scott Sanders manages to keep the gag going for 90 minutes.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
While White plays it supercool, Tommy Davidson and Arsenio Hall (as Cream Corn and Tasty Freeze, respectively) swing for the fences, without much in the way of a bat.
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65 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.