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Personal Problems Reviews

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March 1, 2019
It's a necessary work, and one of the major repertory revivals of this or any other year.
January 17, 2019
One doesn't quite watch Personal Problems for its technical superiority, one watches it for the problems that still persist, to draw a line of legacy for A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther and Mudbound that have been made
July 24, 2020
Personal Problems focuses on Black humanity in all of its highs and lows, hopes and fears, mistakes, and triumphs.
March 27, 2018
A view of African Americans that's messy, complicated, dramatic, and, most important, honest.
March 28, 2018
Bill Gunn and Ishmael Reed collapse conventional notions of reality, providing simultaneous glimpses into the minds of dozens of characters, lingering on scenes and informing them with confessional intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 26, 2018
The movie's panoramic cityscapes teem with the gritty details of emotional life: romance and chores, hope and despair and loss, bitter resentments and rowdy reckonings with mortality.
May 28, 2018
There is a film, possibly a gem, buried way deep down here. It would be an interesting project to try to build that film from the pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 27, 2018
There is no escaping the degraded look of early 3/4" video, digitized for the restoration, but the acting and storytelling immerse us into a real black experience of the time, unadulterated by Hollywood's cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 30, 2018
An accessible experiment made at the dawn of the video era.
March 29, 2018
For all its rough edges, "Personal Problems" retains a vitality and an integrity that practically bounds off the screen.
August 17, 2018
Uneven, sometimes disjointed, its narrative threads nowhere near resolved at the end, Personal Problems is nonetheless something rare and valuable, particularly for its era.
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