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Superfly became one of the first and most successful films made and funded by African-Americans. The film's very simple plot involves a drug dealer named Youngblood Priest (Ron O'Neal), who is looking to get out of the dangerous life he leads. He attempts to pull off one giant drug deal that will bring him the money he needs to live the rest of his life in the superfly manner to which he has become accustomed, but he continuously runs up against a variety of cops and other criminals who wish to stop him. The film's soundtrack by the legendary Curtis Mayfield is widely considered to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most successful of the early '70s blaxploitation cycle."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Gordon Parks Jr. was one of the greatest casualties of the collapse of blaxploitation cinema, a director with a distinctive, tightly packed visual style nd a remarkably bitter vision for this supposedly escapist genre."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Probably the best film of the blaxploitation experience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The likes of 'Pusherman' and 'Freddie's Dead' provide the film with heart and depth that would otherwise be absent."
‑ , Film4
"This is a quintessential blaxploitation film. And it's fun as hell to watch."
‑ Ted Prigge,
"A very good movie."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"...about the dead-end despair of ghetto life, where the false independence of a criminal enterprise is really just another form of enslavement."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Drug dealer, big score, wants to get out of the biz. Yawn."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Curtis Mayfield's sizzling score may be the most enduringly superfly aspect of this blaxploitation classic."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Super Fly, one of the most significant blaxploitation films ever made, is as fascinatingly entertaining as it is ethically wrongheaded."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"The moral ambiguity of the film may disturb some viewers, but the film smacks of realistic grit throughout."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"O'Neal functioned as a suave but deadly post-Poitier antihero for an increasingly militant urban audience..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Classic blaxlpoitation film is still one of the best to come out of the genre. O'Neal gives a fine (but always funky) performance in one of the last movies before the genre ate itself and became self-parody. Terrific soudtrack."
‑ Larry Carroll,
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