88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Ricci's performance is brave and effective - the most provocative in a career that has rejected Hollywood norms.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Black Snake Moan' is a trip to that unfamiliar territory well worth tagging along on.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A roiling, boiling mix of blaxploitation, sexploitation, Tennessee Williams and the Tennessee outback.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This movie is crazy, but the insanity is electric.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The best thing about Black Snake Moan, a song title, is the blues soundtrack. The movie is an absurdly jarring collection of archetypal characters in miserable circumstances with a resolution that feels forced and tacked on.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Be prepared to collapse into a hoot and a howl of hilarity at all the wrong moments.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The blues music in "Moan" is superfine, but my oh my, what to make of the ripe Southern cliches and this absurd story. The film is so jaw-dropping awful that it just might become a boxoffice hit.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Offensive on multiple levels -- if only the plot had any levels at all -- Black Snake Moan leaves no "Tobacco Road" cliche unsmoked. Ricci gives it her all, and then some, but even her body and Jackson's blues can't heal a movie that rockets plum off its nut.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
For all the preposterous clich├ęs of the plot, which clanks as loudly as Laz's chain, and for all the inertness of Justin Timberlake's performance as Rae's brooding squeeze, Black Snake Moan finds unchained energy in its foolishness, and gives Mr. Jackson a chance to pluck a guitar and sing. He's really good at it, too. The music almost redeems the movie.
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25

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
At heart, "BSM" is no different from the midnight movies of the '60s and '70s that reveled in a head-spinning blend of blatant exploitation, provocative racial commentary and overwrought performances.
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52 out of 100
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