Black and White
Black and White (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The atmosphere is affecting, and the story, at times, is compelling, but with a lean script and limp direction, Black and White doesn't add up to much.

Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This lively mess proves that when Toback loses his head, he does it with style.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... Black and White is sort of a mess, but it's the kind of worthy, ambitious mess that a director like Godard might make.

Time Out

It looks like a mess -- if one stuffed with incident, issues and intrigue.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Like James Toback himself, his new film is in your face, overflowing with ideas, outrageous in its connections, maddening, illogical and fascinating.

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Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

A daring film that has some sloppy flaws but is far better than Toback's previous effort, the dismal Two Girls and a Guy.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

James Toback's Black and White is meant to be an incendiary movie, but it's really only just OK.

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Just a fine drama like documentary tale of race, class, and sexual boundaries blur in this voyeuristic tour of modern Manhattan in which privileged white kids… More
Dean !
A film that tries to cast Mike Tyson as an intellectual is never going to be that good. Odd film that shows how some white kids think it's cool to act… More
Daniel Parsons
I'm sure I'd reviewed this film on Flixster but apparently not. Anyway, <i>Black & White</i> is a pretty unmemorable comment on race… More