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Based on 14 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Just like the movies it parodies, this one feels over long before it's actually done. show more

  • 60
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    Even if it's a one-joke movie that runs out of steam, director Scott Sanders manages to keep the gag going for 90 minutes. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's one of those loving modern retreads of older genre movies. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Before an hour has passed tedium overtakes Black Dynamite - one corny martial-arts sequence turns out to be plenty - and all the good jokes dry up. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    While White plays it supercool, Tommy Davidson and Arsenio Hall (as Cream Corn and Tasty Freeze, respectively) swing for the fences, without much in the way of a bat. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Less deadpan spoof than loving act of possession, Black Dynamite near-fully channels the look and feel of its blaxploitation ancestors, warts and all. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Along the way, Black Dynamite blends satire, nostalgia, and cinema deconstruction into a one-of-a-kind comedy high. show more

  • 90
    Los Angeles Times

    An enjoyable celebratory ode to a fiercely entertaining counterculture-inspired genre. show more

  • 80

    This film will delight both discriminating fans of the blaxploitation tradition and ordinary lovers of goofy, in-ya-face thrills. show more

  • 60
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    The movie gets old fast--mostly because it’s bringing up the rear after "Undercover Brother" (2002) And "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988). But the kung-fu climax at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (“the Honky House”) is nearly worth the wait, and Adrian Younge’s score, with its moody horns, is a perfect snapshot of early 70s soul. show more

  • March 14, 2010 PawPrintPower1
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    I'M BUYING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • November 07, 2009 kho140
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  • November 04, 2009 ghia007
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    Can't find this movie in any theaters in big cities ??? But if it was big names like Martin Lawrence, Denzel, or Snipes or Tyler you best believe it would be playing even in the white neigborhoods.

  • November 01, 2009 GregCorcoranJr79
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    i sure hope this does well enough for a sequel,

  • October 24, 2009 flippy flip6911
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    is this supposed to be the black austin powers?

  • October 17, 2009 Nimmien
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    This movie was quite the delight! Spoofed some of the corniest, most cliched parts of blaxploitation films of the 70's, and even copied the grainy textured look of those old films, much like the Grindhouse movies. Why Michael Jai White is not a bigger action star is beyond me. He was funny, tough, and subtle in his portrayl of Black Dynamite. Shame that hardly anyone will see this gem of a film. There were only 12 people in the theatre along with my two friends. See this film for a cool change of pace!

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