Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As we've come to expect of Miss Clarke's pictures, it is boldly and studiously styled as a literal documentation of a particular social scene, and its attack is more that of the reporter than of the interested teller of a tale."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Sometimes the characters get a bit lost in the general schematics of the pic, which at times waters down its underlying irony. But, overall, Clarke has a firm hold on her characters and story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Often crudely photographed, but with a brilliantly multi-layered sound-track which integrates some fine jazz."
‑ , Time Out
"This little alleycat film captures the day-to-day desperation of the ghetto world, mainlining its images with transfusions of eclectic jazz background."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It certainly had a visceral impact when it first appeared, helped enormously by Baird Bryant's cinematography and Dizzy Gillespie's score."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A truly unmissable, unforgettable experience."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
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