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Stand-up comedy legend Rudy Ray Moore's foul-mouthed rap routines took many of the elements of blaxploitation films -- pimps, gangsters, and sex -- to their hilarious limits. It was only natural that he should take his stage persona to the big screen as Dolemite, the "baddest" cool cat in town. Dolemite is a wrongly accused clubowner who is set up by arch-rival Willie Green (D'Urville Martin, who directed) and sent to jail. A madam named Queen Bee (Lady Reed) gets him released on the condition that he helps the cops find Green, and Dolemite is picked up from prison by a slew… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"A classic among lovers of truly bad movies."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is not a good or enjoyable movie, no matter what the hip guy in your film class says."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Not as good as "The Human Tornado" but absolutely essential as a cornerstone of Blaxploitation cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"What's cool with a movie like Dolemite, a pure product of the everything goes 1970s, is how free and uninhibited it is."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"So badly made, it's mesmerizing. Classic cinematic cheese."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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