Black Snake Moan
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When a weathered, God-fearing ex-blues musician finds the town nymphomaniac severely beaten and left for dead on the side of the road, he vows to cure her of her wicked ways in Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer's raw and unflinching follow-up. Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) is a hard-living ex-blues guitarist for whom the troubled days are beginning to outnumber the good. Rae (Christina Ricci) is a 22-year-old sex addict whose wild ways are finally about to catch up with her. When Lazarus discovers Rae covered in dust and clinging to life on the side of the road, he takes her in and nurses… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pitched uncomfortably but compellingly between homage and exploitation in its big-hearted exploration of the steamiest corners of black life."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The movie strolls right past absurdity into offensiveness, by trying to pass this pulp nonsense off as noble art."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"God, sex and the blues are mashed together and deep fried southern style in Craig Brewer's unique Black Snake Moan."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Craig Brewer, the promising director who hit it with Hustle and Flow, seems to harbor a need to exorcise his white burden through films centered on black music."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"I did expect there to be a stronger emotional connection between Ricci and Jackson, but that said, the two actors were impressive to watch."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Delightfully outrageous, Black Snake Moan is an explosive mixture of sex, race and down-South swamp water."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"This is the kind of movie that's best enjoyed as a stylized fantasy, much like Brewer's most obvious model, Elia Kazan's Southern-fried Tennessee Williams adaptation Baby Doll."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Snaps and crackles with comic verve"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Brewer knows his music, and how to make it the center of a story; if he only did a better job filling in the rest of the blanks, this might've worked."
‑ Brian Marder,
"Pulpy Southern immorality tale is for adults only."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"For Black Snake Moan to work any sort of magic, it must be viewed as a blues riff on damaged souls and their desperate need for salvation."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The characters never connect, and the movie never takes off. Rae may be the one sporting a padlock around her waist. But it's the movie that's shackled."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"With excellent performances, plays on morality and sexual behavior, Brewer composes another surefire classic."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Moan? You're more likely to be groaning - or possibly hooting with laughter at the implausibility of this messy, misogynistic melodrama."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Chaining people to your radiator is a Wrong Thing To Do. This is not the opinion of Black Snake Moan."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
More reviews for Black Snake Moan on Rotten Tomatoes

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