Southside With You
Southside With You (2016)

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter)… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 26, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2016
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Southside With You looks back on a fateful real-life date with strong performances and engaging dialogue, adding up to a romance that makes for a pretty good date movie in its own right.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A small, successful sketch of now-great lives.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

President Obama's fans and haters alike will find something to enjoy in this slightly stilted yet oddly fascinating account of the Harvard law student's first date with Michelle Robinson, the woman who would eventually become his wife.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Sumpter and Sawyers have beautifully captured all the smallest details about the larger than life, real-life characters they portray.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

Southside With You showcases a city as photogenic, dynamic, and charming as the lovers themselves.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

A gentle, rose-tinted piece of political nostalgia-one that glances at the divisions in American society, but still casts a optimistic view toward whatever's next.

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Ignacio Navarro
El antepenúltimo mohicano

There is simplicity and verisimilitude, even emotion and suspense, in the development of the plot but its incompleteness takes away much of the repercussion to which it aspires. [Full review in Spanish]

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Zach Schonfeld
Newsweek

This is a small-scale romance with small ambitions but fairly big heart.

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Dana Stevens
Slate

Though it's barely 84 minutes long, this buoyant yet reflective movie captures the ever-shifting mood of a daylong encounter that changed both its protagonists' lives.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Even though the audience knows how this story ends up, the film does little to shed light on how it truthfully started.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The two leads captivate us with strong performances in this simple walk-and-talk film, playing intelligent characters who spend a day together on a date through… More
Philip Price
Any movie that decides to play Janet Jackson over its opening credits is off to a good start. Especially when it's "Miss You Much," coupled with… More
Ian Walker
An interesting look at the build up and events of the first date of the Obamas. Well acted, with great dialogue and a great likeness of both characters makes… More