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In 1971, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles released his third film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which he wrote, directed, and scored. Despite boasting an all-black cast, an X rating, a low budget, and a decidedly non-Hollywood approach to moviemaking, the ground-breaking independent film went on to gross over ten million dollars while inspiring countless other films of the genre that would come to be called blaxploitation. Mario Van Peebles, the director's son, was 13 at the time and got his first taste of show business with a small role in the film. Over three decades later, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Van Peebles' stiff, needlessly flashy direction lacks the energy this material required to become truly transporting, and the relationships between the characters, particularly the father and son, is never convincing."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"This is excellent and well worth the watch for any artist."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Slick tribute a family affair"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Informative, compelling, dramatic entertainment."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's a great story and well worth remembering."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Not just forgiving toward the elder Van Peebles, it's filled with a spirit of comic amazement about what he accomplished."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"...successfully capture a spirit largely missing in American cinema..."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It is so refreshing to see a film with not one wasted second, beautiful acting, and a total understanding of its source material."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"A personal film shot from the heart."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Effectively raw and stylish."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A reminder that good intentions don't always make for good movies."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A loving, even moving, homage to a man whose influence still reverberates today."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Wit, energy, heart and soul!"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Who knew Mario had this much passion and creativity in him? A great tribute to his father's obsessive brilliance."
‑ Jimmy O, Film Snobs
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