75

Tampa Bay Times

By Steve Persall
The performances are spot-on, with former Tampa resident Morgan Simpson scripting a showcase for himself as Jefferson, and Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) as the enigmatic stranger, proving again that he's more than just a not-so-pretty face atop an intimidating body.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Ripples with the emotions and the saddened circumstances of those gallant and talented folks who sing the blues.
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70

Variety

By Joe Leydon
A lightly enjoyable road picture about a circuitous road to redemption, Black, White and Blues offers simple, down-home pleasures while spinning an undeniably familiar but emotionally satisfying tale.
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38

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
A message movie that struggles mightily to make an impact but never comes close to capturing the gritty realism on which any blues singer builds his career.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
As the film's central focal point, Simpson (who also co-wrote the script) is an awful zero – you could hardly imagine a more uncharismatic lead – and his embarrassing swings at big emotion in the climax prove the final blow to a film already hobbled by mawkishness.
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44 out of 100
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