Jim Brown: All-American
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Spike Lee's documentary on the football star, movie actor, and social activist is a no-frills examination of a man who has rarely been out of the public spotlight for over 45 years. Jim Brown talks about the various phases of his life, from his boyhood in the all-black community of St. Simons Island, GA; to his adolescence on Long Island, where he became a multi-sport star athlete; to his college days at Syracuse University; to his nine-year career as the NFL's leading running back with the Cleveland Browns; to his days as an action star in Hollywood films; to his work with various… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Only an epic documentary could get it all down, and Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All American at long last gives its subject a movie worthy of his talents."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Lee's achievement extends to his supple understanding of the role that Brown played in American culture as an athlete, a movie star, and an image of black indomitability."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"What Lee does so marvelously compelling is present Brown as a catalyst for the struggle of black manhood in restrictive and chaotic America...sketchy but nevertheless gripping portrait of Jim Brown, a celebrated wonder in the spotlight"
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
"[Lee] treats his audience the same way that Jim Brown treats his women -- as dumb, credulous, unassuming, subordinate subjects. And Lee seems just as expectant of an adoring, wide-smiling reception."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"As the movie traces Mr. Brown's athletic exploits, it is impossible not to be awed by the power and grace of one of the greatest natural sportsmen of modern times."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Since Lee is a sentimentalist, the film is more worshipful than your random E! True Hollywood Story."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Once the sports and film clips run out, Lee doesn't have much more to work with than talking heads, and they aren't enough to keep anyone but diehard sports fans interested."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"A well-rounded tribute to a man whose achievements -- and complexities -- reached far beyond the end zone."
‑ Justin Hartung, Citysearch
"Overly long and worshipful bio-doc."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"Treating the [controversial] incidents with kid gloves allows Jim Brown: All-American to fit into the encomium template, but a more forthright approach is demanded."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Though overall an overwhelmingly positive portrayal, the film doesn't ignore the more problematic aspects of Brown's life."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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