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The inner workings of the New York hip-hop scene, and the fascination of white observers with rap music and hip-hop culture, set the stage for this drama written and directed by James Toback. Rich Bower (Power) is a mover and shaker in the world of rap music (he's involved with a number of other licit and illicit business ventures as well), and his apartment is a favored meeting place for musicians, hangers-on, and hipsters who want to seem cool, including a clique of white kids who want to be on the inside of whey they consider the coolest scene of the day. Sam (Brooke Shields), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

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"As lively and amusing as the film is in some ways, it does set up expectations at the outset that are never really delivered upon."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"This lively mess proves that when Toback loses his head, he does it with style."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"... Black and White is sort of a mess, but it's the kind of worthy, ambitious mess that a director like Godard might make."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The best thing I have seen come from director Toback."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Short bursts of captivating information are strung together in a series of quick-cutting vignettes, alternately hitting their mark and falling disastrously flat."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"It looks like a mess -- if one stuffed with incident, issues and intrigue."
‑ , Time Out
"Like James Toback himself, his new film is in your face, overflowing with ideas, outrageous in its connections, maddening, illogical and fascinating."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A daring film that has some sloppy flaws but is far better than Toback's previous effort, the dismal Two Girls and a Guy."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"Mostly watchable and well-acted, but neither as engaging nor as exciting as it needs to be."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The unfocused story travels through so many subplots that none of the individual stories are ever explored fully enough to pay off."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"It doesn't try to spell out all aspects of the issue or arrive at any particular point. Toback presents specific characters dealing with specific problems and, through their stories, somehow manages to take the temperature of the times."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Black and White is defeated by its structural shapelessness, and a down-with-it attitude that glosses over the script's lack of any real analysis of hip-hop's cultural influence."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"James Toback's Black and White is meant to be an incendiary movie, but it's really only just OK."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"While Toback certainly makes a game effort to study the infiltration of hip-hop into the mainstream, his inability to choose what ground to cover ultimately results in an episodic hotch-potch."
‑ Ben Falk,
"Perhaps you remember "The Pick-Up Artist," the movie that single-handedly killed Molly Ringwald's career? That was another Toback production. "Black and White," for all its arty pretensions and supposed shock value, doesn't break his losing streak."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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