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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Delightful love story. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This isn't great filmmaking, but, under Rick Famuyiwa's direction, it's more than good enough. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Sweet. The pun is unavoidable. It's the only adjective that fully captures the flavor of the romantic comedy Brown Sugar. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The vitality of the hip-hop scene serves as both backdrop and metaphor in a romantic comedy as sweet as its title. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    May be pitching itself to the wrong audience. The ads promise: "The Rhythm ... the Beat ... the Love ... and You Don't Stop!" But it's not a musical and although it's sometimes a comedy, it's observant about its people. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    What Brown Sugar lacks in originality, it makes up for in charm. show more

  • 75
    Baltimore Sun

    Breaks no new ground in romantic comedy. But it finds ways to make the tried and true scenes -- a hilarious break-up in a restaurant, a nearly disrupted wedding -- new and funny. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    All are watchable, attractive people who haven't worn out their welcomes. But if they continue to go round and round like this, they may. Aren't more African -American actors waiting in the wings to play romantic leads? show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Ambitious, yes. Does it work? Not really. While it's genuinely cool to hear characters talk about early rap records (Sugar Hill Gang, etc.), the constant referencing of hip-hop arcana can alienate even the savviest audiences. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Hits the parallels between love and hip-hop a little too hard when the message is relatively easy to grasp: Don't sell out: not your art, not your heart. If only music business executives were listening. show more

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