Superfly (1972)

Perhaps this definitive blaxploitation film is the story a stylish Harlem drug pusher (Ron O'Neal) trying to score one last big deal before retiring from a life of crime. The film shows how O'Neal's character is the richest,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 4, 1972
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of the most successful of the early '70s blaxploitation cycle.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Probably the best film of the blaxploitation experience.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

A very good movie.

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Josh Larsen

...about the dead-end despair of ghetto life, where the false independence of a criminal enterprise is really just another form of enslavement.

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Christopher Null

Drug dealer, big score, wants to get out of the biz. Yawn.

Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

Super Fly, one of the most significant blaxploitation films ever made, is as fascinatingly entertaining as it is ethically wrongheaded.

TV Guide

The moral ambiguity of the film may disturb some viewers, but the film smacks of realistic grit throughout.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

O'Neal functioned as a suave but deadly post-Poitier antihero for an increasingly militant urban audience...

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Superfly is one of those movies where the soundtrack is better than the actual film, but in this case not by much. (To be fair, Curtis Mayfield's… More
Saskia D.
I'm not really a fan of this one, but the soundtrack was awesome :) Curtis Mayfield is a legend!!! <a… More
Chris Weber
If I were reviewing just the soundtrack, I'd give it 5 stars easy. Now,since I'm having to review the film as well, things are different. And no, the… More
El Hombre Invisible
One of the earliest, roughest-made and best above other "blaxploitation" films that followed, this film is going to make an excellent addition to… More
Cassandra Maples
As far as i'm concerned the street drug cocaine, refined but corrosive WHITE powder, (It is the hydrochloric acid used to make this powder that destroys… More
Lenny Muggsy
If Pimpin' was this easy I don't even know man. One of the best soundtracks ever, love Curtis.