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A grandfather who is suddenly
left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl's paternal
grandmother seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces
the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and
Drama - This is a race-themed drama aimed at adult moviegoers. Fans of Kevin
Costner will especially enjoy as all other stars, from Octavia
Spencer to Anthony Mackie, have smaller supporting role. While a
child is central to the film, language, constant alcohol, and adult
subject matter make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 2 F-words; 17 S-words; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights and hits with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Nonstop alcohol; brief crack cocaine use. ACTION: A fight. COMEDY: Cute kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Black or White is an uncommonly brave film but it loses its gumption at the end. The good but flawed effort is at least partially undone by the way in which Binder chooses to conclude matters.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average This movie is the kind of failure that makes you frustrated and sad rather than angry. Its heart is in the right place, but its mind is confused.
USA TodayFull Review Average The overall story has a kind of dramatic inertia that undercuts observations about race and class, and the intriguing notion of a child raised in two very different worlds.
NY PostFull Review Average Despite excellent performances by Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and other cast members, Mike Binder's racially tinged custody battle drama 'Black or White' never achieves much in the way of dramatic credibility.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 53 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: One child loved it and two rated it just "average."
TEENS: The lone male loved "Black or White" as did all four of the females.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone female rated it "above average," which indicates a movie she enjoyed very much.
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are almost exactly the same, half loved it with another quarter indicating they enjoyed it very much with a review of "above average." The remaining quarter rated it "average," which is a bit disappointing. Considering the high percentage who totally loved it and the fact that no one disliked it, I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND "BLACK OR WHITE."