75

San Francisco Chronicle

Taylor's film is never boring, and it has some beautiful, thought-provoking moments. In a genre in which preaching to the choir seems to be the norm, this film is a welcome entry.
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63

Slant Magazine

Blue Like Jazz charts a typical existential coming-of-age tale, yet remains atypical by being hip while also treating religion fairly.
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63

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Without being parodistic, it manages to poke fun at the air of privilege and strenuous political correctness common to lefty, liberal arts schools, while retaining a certain affection for their heartfelt quirks.
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63

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It does give believers and those tottering on the edge something to chew on, and it steadfastly refuses to demonize everybody else.
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50

New York Post

Steve Taylor's direction is unexciting but solid, relying on the beauty of Portland and his spirited young cast for most of the visual interest.
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50

Village Voice

One only has so much patience, though, for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon.
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42

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The potential for an interesting story is high. Unfortunately, Miller's autobiographical tale, as told in Blue Like Jazz, squanders this potential by failing to take place in a recognizably real world.
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30

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The primary problem with Blue Like Jazz is that there is no believable character development.
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20

Time Out New York

By David Fear
The movie adaptation's version of religion may be more nuanced than the usual Left Behind fire-and-brimstone sermonizing you find in much contemporary pro-Christian cinema, but it still leaves behind a sulfuric stink.
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48 out of 100
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