Blue Like Jazz
Blue Like Jazz (2012)

Don, a pious nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, impulsively decides to escape his evangelical upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at one ofthe most progressive campuses in America, Reed College in Portland. Upon… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 7, 2012
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38%
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64%



Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Bowles
USA Today

Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

"Blue Like Jazz" is a pleasant film, as well-intentioned as the character Don himself, but it ducks the thorniest questions of faith and dogma while patting itself on the back for realism.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Sodom and Gomorrah are paradoxically brought back to life in the form of an Oregon-based liberal-arts college in this Christian recruiting video.

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Eric D. Snider
Film.com

The film's heart is in the right place; it just can't make the rest of its parts function smoothly.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It is - somewhat surprisingly, given the heavy-handed subject - neither sanctimonious nor preachy.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

Blue Like Jazz certainly breaks the mould in terms what audiences have come to expect from spiritual cinema, but it refuses to take the necessary leap required to fully redefine mainstream audiences' perception of this niche genre.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

An uncommon thoughtfulness about spiritual issues distinguishes this otherwise generic coming-of-age story.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

It tackles existential struggles that many of us grapple with - and the film industry virtually ignores - while doing so in an entertaining way.

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Erick Weber
NECN

A hot mess that somehow manages to somewhat redeem itself by the final frame but sadly not enough to save it from ultimate damnation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
"Blue Like Jazz" has a lot going for it, especially because it caters to the demographic of confused religious people either in their twenties or… More
Dannielle Albert
Loved the end. Different from the book but still had aspects that were similar. Thought provoking and quirky.
Philip Price
There has always been a struggle with religion and faith. That is what is obvious to anyone who attends college or anyone who has the capacity to think outside… More