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Southside With You Reviews

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August 25, 2016
It's so respectful I could barely keep my eyes open, but first-rate performances from Sumpter and Sawyers pulled me through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 27, 2016
The JFK-ing of Obama ... it *almost* vindicates itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2016
The film may not announce itself as hagiography, but it's hero-worshipful to its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 24, 2016
An awkward mix of low-key romantic drama and historical foreshadowing, with dialogue that sometimes sounds like the characters reciting their own Wikipedia entries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 2, 2016
Hagiographic retelling of Obama's first date likely to disappoint those uninitiated into his cult of personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 13, 2016
Southside With You is a hagiography tormented by the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 2, 2017
Even though the audience knows how this story ends up, the film does little to shed light on how it truthfully started.
August 25, 2016
Mr. Tanne has clearly made a close study of his real-life inspirations, yet his movie is soon hostage to the couple's history. His characters feel on loan and, despite his actors, eventually make for dull company ...
October 2, 2016
Decent performances notwithstanding, there's a cloying quality to some of the scenes that turns the romance of the president and his first lady into something akin to a magazine photo story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 27, 2016
Makes Barack a predator to begin with. He is determined to ignore her boundaries. Fortunately, I don't believe that part is true. It is dramatic license and poorly thought out fiction.
August 29, 2016
Tanne's on-screen myth-making is a bland cocktail of race, class, and super-chaste sexuality, going so far past Authorized Flattery that it resembles a hustle.
August 26, 2016
Southside With You, while sweet and never less than reverent with its subjects, is hardly one of the great on-screen romances. It's also remarkably devoid of tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2016
On some level, this enterprise was doomed from conception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 30, 2019
An engrossing walk-and-talk biodrama that tips its hat to Richard Linklater's BEFORE trilogy while also breathing humanity into two iconic figures.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 1, 2019
Southside With You is a warm little film, a sweet parting gift to the President and his First Lady and to the country as his era comes to a close.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 11, 2019
If you are looking for a date movie this would be a good choice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 21, 2019
It's the sort of happy ending that makes the story of their first steps towards each other all the more compelling to watch unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2018
First there was the rom-com. Then the zom-rom-com. Now we have the world's first obam-rom-com.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 31, 2018
There's a pleasant texture to the visuals of Southside With You, a soft visual style that compliments the two stellar leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2020
Southside With You is a beautifully shot, engaging, and warm tale of two young people on the cusp of, well, everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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