Box Office - 01/23/2009
"[White is] a pretty amazing fight choreographer and martial artist...giving a marvelous and acrobatic display of the gifts of a born action star
Hollywood Reporter - 01/22/2009
"Cinematographer Shawn Maurer gives the film an appropriately high contrast and supersaturated style that makes it seem vintage."
Los Angeles Times - 10/16/2009
"[A]n enjoyable celebratory ode to a fiercely entertaining counterculture-inspired genre."
New York Times - 10/14/2009
"[N]o other homage to date has matched the zeal of this film..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/14/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "Technical expertise has been used to meticulously reproduce such details as oversaturated color scheme, bonus camera moves, smash cuts to closeups on big lines and dramatic camera angles."
Box Office - 10/16/2009 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "White and his collaborators, especially director Scott Sanders, must have watched and re-watched every blaxploitation movie ever made a hundred times to get the style, tone and production limitations of those old camp classics so unerringly right."
A.V. Club - 10/15/2009
"[T]he clever new spoof BLACK DYNAMITE justifies its existence with amazing cultural specificity and uncanny attention to detail." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - 10/23/2009
"BLACK DYNAMITE blends satire, nostalgia, and cinema destruction into a one-of-a-kind comedy high." -- Grade: A
Premiere - 02/16/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] fun, exciting, and clever recreation....It's self-aware but intelligent..."
Uncut - 09/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "There's love in the detail: the intrusive soundtrack, hammy plot, atrocious acting and botched continuity. These raise laughs, as do the best lines..."
Empire - 09/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "Anchored by Michael Jai White's superb display....As gripping as SHAFT and SUPER FLY, the kung fu delivers..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2010
"The opening minutes of BLACK DYNAMITE overflow with unmistakable markers of the heyday of blaxploitation..."
Total Film - 03/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is the sharpest genre celebration/deconstruction in years..."
The city streets explode into violence when "The Man" kills Black Dynamite's (Michael Jai White) brother in this seamless recreation of the blaxploitation classics of the 1970s. He was the best agent that the CIA ever had, but these days Black Dynamite only answers to one boss -- himself. When "The Man" ices Black Dynamite's brother, starts pumping heroin into the local orphanage, and floods the ghetto with a secret weapon disguised as common malt liquor, the car chases, gunfights, and shirtless brawls that follow prove wild enough to make even Dolemite green with envy.
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