Jim Brown: All-American
Jim Brown: All-American (2002)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 22, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
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Gene Seymour

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.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

Frank Ochieng

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

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Since Lee is a sentimentalist, the film is more worshipful than your random E! True Hollywood Story.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

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.

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Megan Turner
New York Post

Overly long and worshipful bio-doc.

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Though overall an overwhelmingly positive portrayal, the film doesn't ignore the more problematic aspects of Brown's life.

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