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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Until this moment we cannot be certain that the movie is going to employ every cliche of antebellum melodrama."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Embarrassing and crude."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is a deeply depressing film. The main problem is that shock value is the centerpiece, so the theme of slavery is just a vehicle for horrific gore and interracial sex."
‑ Mike Emery, Austin Chronicle
"The performances are overdramatized and unbelievable in a script that suffers from the same weaknesses."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Viewed with fresh eyes, it can credibly be seen as revisionist history of a particularly savage kind."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Good to see Fleischer returning to the kind of psycho-pathological thriller that he can handle so well."
‑ , Time Out
"At least offers no tears for the demise of the good ole days in Dixie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[A] hugely entertaining potboiler."
‑ , Film4
"Mandingo is racist trash, obscene in its manipulation of human beings and feelings, and excruciating to sit through."
‑ Roger Ebert,
"One of the most neglected and underrated Hollywood films of its era."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Mandingo is excessive, yet its excesses invariably reveal the caustic truths of social critique."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"too trashy to be good drama, but too dramatic to be good trash"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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