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Blood Done Sign My Name
In 1970 Henry Marrow, a black Vietnam veteran, is murdered by a local white man, Robert Teel, and his sons. The Teels were acquitted by an all-white jury, which caused riots and arson in Oxford, N.C.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can't deny the inspirational qualities of the story or Parker's screen presence, any more than you could accuse the film of subtlety or of masking its conspicuous pro-Christian agenda."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"What the film lacks in psychological nuance it makes up for in unassuming, intimate social observation."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Riveting, Real-Life, Civil Rights-Era Drama Released on DVD."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"If you can get past its moribund title, you'll still have a challenge in spotting the protagonist in this oddly washed-out depiction of a racial battle that raged in Oxford, North Carolina..."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Compelling moments abound, but they're conveyed in such a faithful, grounded manner that the cinematic appeal is lost."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"Though it can't quite transcend its filmmaker's earnest intentions, this solemn history lesson offers several powerful moments."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The story is well-told and well worth telling."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The acting, like the storytelling, is quietly convincing."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"I challenge anyone who sincerely believes that The Blind Side is a good film to take a look at this one and see how this kind of story is meant to be told."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The civil rights movement, like the Civil War, is best known for its great battles and great leaders. But there were smaller skirmishes, just as important, and Blood Done Sign My Name tells the story of one."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Along the way there are many fine, precisely observed moments showing what race relations were like in this little tobacco town at the turn of the decade."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Beautifully shot and well-acted, if earnest, overlong and unfocused."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"If this were a 1970s TV movie, it probably would have won a boatload of Emmys. Now, it lacks impact, although parents or grandparents worried their children don't appreciate the sacrifices of decades past might want to use it as a teaching tool."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Has some wrenching moments, but generally offers the melodrama and unremarkable performances of a TV movie."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"A sturdy and sensitive drama about the Civil Rights movement in Oxford, North Carolina, in 1970; it rings true and reveals the scourge of American racism in all of its ugly manifestations."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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