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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Taylor's film is never boring, and it has some beautiful, thought-provoking moments. In a genre in which preaching to the choir seems to be the norm, this film is a welcome entry. show more

  • 63
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith. show more

  • 63
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    Without being parodistic, it manages to poke fun at the air of privilege and strenuous political correctness common to lefty, liberal arts schools, while retaining a certain affection for their heartfelt quirks. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Blue Like Jazz charts a typical existential coming-of-age tale, yet remains atypical by being hip while also treating religion fairly. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    Steve Taylor's direction is unexciting but solid, relying on the beauty of Portland and his spirited young cast for most of the visual interest. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It does give believers and those tottering on the edge something to chew on, and it steadfastly refuses to demonize everybody else. show more

  • 20
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The movie adaptation's version of religion may be more nuanced than the usual Left Behind fire-and-brimstone sermonizing you find in much contemporary pro-Christian cinema, but it still leaves behind a sulfuric stink. show more

  • 30
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The primary problem with Blue Like Jazz is that there is no believable character development. show more

  • 42
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    The potential for an interesting story is high. Unfortunately, Miller's autobiographical tale, as told in Blue Like Jazz, squanders this potential by failing to take place in a recognizably real world. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    One only has so much patience, though, for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon. show more

  • April 23, 2012 mf00000000119839
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    A great film which discusses the struggles of Christian identity. As a person who became a believer later in life and was not raised in the church; I really have a heart for this film. I feel that often times the Christian church forgets how to live life with our brothers and sisters who are not believers because we only surround ourself in comfortable situations and like-minded people. Donald Miller has a deeply loving heart which beckons us to embrace ALL of society and engage them in love. This film is very well done!

  • April 16, 2012 ks00000000118678
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    Write your review here...About 7 years ago I was Browsing through the grocery store book table and came upon a really catchy title, \"Blue Like Jazz\" (Non Religious thoughts on Christian Spirituality) By Donald Miller. I watched the finished Film project based on the NYT best selling book at a preview showing last night by Director Steve Taylor at a Mall Cineplex, and I have to tell you I was blown away. There are some stellar acting performances by Marshall Allman (True Blood, Mad Men) as Don Miller, Claire Holt (Vampire Diaries) as Penny, but I particularly liked Justin Welborn\'s gritty and very realistic performance as the \"Agnostic Pope.\" This is not Your father\'s Christian movie by any stretch as the book so beloved by millions is not either. Don, a 19 year old College student in Texas decides he has to get away from the hypocrisy of his own family and church and at the prompting of his hard drinking, jazz loving father bolts unexpectedly for Reed College known for Genius IQs and heathen beer drinking festivals. Befriended by an attractive lesbian (Tanya Raymonde,TV show Lost) and a Campus appointed \"Pope\", Don begins to explore a world he has never known or even knew existed. As Don tries to escape his upbringing by a single mom who simultaneously sits in the pews of the Church of his childhood while having an affair with the Youth Pastor, he finds that running from God is a tricky proposition and not easily accomplished. The beautiful Penny (Claire Holt) catches Don\'s eye and he begins the machinations of trying to catch and hold her attention. Unfortunately for Don, the campus Pope drags him into a prank on a local Church that just happens to be his new lady friend\'s house of worship. Thankfully, Don realizes the error of his ways and begs his new love interest\'s forgiveness, he begins to find out that even in the midst of his rebellion and rejection of his upbringing on \"The most Godless Campus in America\" there\'s no running or hiding from God. There may be a few that might not like this film because of it\'s graphic and realistic talk about sex, hypocrisy in the Church, and a scene at the Renaissance Fair with depictions of College partying, but, having attended a large state university myself I can tell you these depictions are very realistic. In fact, the films Director speaking to us after our screening said that they have already been criticized by other Christian Film makers. The irony is that most of these critics of the book and the film haven\'t even seen the movie or read the book and have taken statements by the author completely out of context, and are probably the very people that should sit down and watch it all the way through. Once again, director (and former Christian rock music star) Steve Taylor has produced something quite edgy. But, as a former Band mate of Mr. Taylor\'s, I can guarantee you this...you will definitely walk away from the theater thinking more deeply about your faith and how it should work out in your own

  • April 15, 2012 hq00000000118728
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    I really loved the way that this movie was done and I think that Steve, Don, and Ben wrote it so that it can stand on its own (separate from the book). I love how Don was able to use his real life experiences to encourage Christians and non-Christians alike to re-evaluate their perspective. I honestly feel like this movie did a good job at encouraging Christians to seriously think about what they believe instead of merely encouraging them to just buy the package without investigating what is inside. Good job, guys!

  • April 14, 2012 scubatuba
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    Story of a young man finding his way in the world. Thought provoking and well made. If you are looking for an intelligent, funny, moving film, give Blue Like Jazz a try.

  • March 16, 2012 xs00000000117572
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    If you\'ve ever felt empty, or if you\'ve ever wondered if there was more to life, or if you\'ve ever wanted to know more about God, or if you\'ve ever been hurt by the church, or if you\'ve ever felt scared or angry about religion, or if you\'ve ever wondered how God really thinks or feels, this is the movie for you It\'s a movie about love, acceptance, fulfillment, searching, being lost, finding your way through life and that void inside each of us that makes us constantly wonder--is this it? Is this all there is to life? This movie is about God, but it never preaches to you once. It will completely flip your previous notions of what God is like and will comfort you by showing you that you\'re not alone in your confusion and mess, and that there IS more to this life. The acting is so authentic and the cinematography is beautiful. I have read all of Donald Miller\'s books and this exceeded my expectations. You can\'t miss this movie; the book was literally life-changing for me and I know it will be for many others

  • March 12, 2012 cf539
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    As a big fan of the book the movie is based on, I went in thinking there was no way that the movie could compare with the book. While it is very hard to translate a series of essays into a story with a flowing plot, the creators of Blue Like Jazz the movie did an exceptional job. The film is unique in that there is no way to compare it to any other Christian film. The message of Jesus isn\'t heavily preached, and instead, a truthful representation of a boy brought up in the Southern Baptist religion is presented. It also leads to a discussion on what it means to be a true follower of Christ. While there is language, alcohol, and drug use, the movie has integrity and heart, and I highly recommend it!

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