Black Caesar
Black Caesar (1973)

In this crime drama, an African-American crime boss rules Harlem with a bloody, iron fist. He is particularly cruel to the newly-promoted police captain who beat and crippled him as a boy. To get his revenge, the crimelord extorts the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Unfortunately it all remains too crude to convince one of its better intentions.

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Josh Larsen

"Paid the cost to be the boss," declares James Brown on the soundtrack, and Black Caesar functions as an itemized bill.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Writer-director Larry Cohen's clever and entertaining paean to traditional gangster films (a la Little Caesar) updates the genre to contemporary Harlem and was a major hit with urban audiences.

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New York Times

Mr. Williamson, in short, can't be blamed for the plot contrivances that hinge mostly on action and bloodshed.

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Cole Smithey

a distinctive pastiche of the tough cynical attitudes held by oppressed minorities the world over.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Suffused with socio-political resentment and enlivened by James Brown's classic soul-funk soundtrack.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Cohen's technique is almost laughably crude, but a core of frightening conviction remains.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It plays to urban black audiences' fears and fantasies.

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A funky 70s soundtrack by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, is by far the best element in this tough blaxploitation gangster saga which was written and directed by erratic talent Larry Cohen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is inextricably linked to the blaxploitation era that it came out during, and it does fit into that area, but I feel like calling this a a blaxploitation… More
Byron Brubaker
I have yet to see Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, but after reading about that movie and other gangster films in the book We're in the Money:… More
Cassandra Maples
This film is great. Immortalised by Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube on "Burn Hollywood, Burn" from the Fear Of A Black Planet LP, as soon as… More
Daniel Hetteix
Fred Williamson is one of the best actors of the Blaxploitation era, and his performance here is on par with his other work. As a spin-off film, taking… More