Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored
Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored (1995)

This wonderfully wrought drama offers a view of Southern African American culture not often depicted in films. With no drugs and little violence, it presents a rich portrait of a family living in a close community and makes the point that… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Based on Clifton Taulbert's book, this sensitive memory film about the author's coming of age in the segregated South is an emotionally quiet saga, plaved against a tumultuous era in black communal life.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Heart-warming drama in which community becomes a seedbed where young souls are forged.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Though the film exhibits a vaguely nostalgic tone, it's hardly sugar-coated, displaying an increasingly discernible edge to its portrayal of racist realities.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The acting is good all round, but the star of the show has to be Al Freeman Jr. He shows great inner strength, bravery, and intelligence.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Everything about this film bespeaks wholesomeness, from its gentle life lessons to its calm dignity ... (t)hat said, it is not quite as good as some of the hype would have it.