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Southside With You Reviews

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December 16, 2018
It was delightful! First, I was amazed at how well the actors embodied Michelle and Barack Obama! Great acting! Interesting concept to have the whole film be about one date. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
½ December 3, 2018
I've seen the movie, great performances by Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, They have great chemistry.
September 9, 2018
A story about an uptight woman nagging in a condescending tone for 90 minutes.
½ February 12, 2018
Ok at what it's trying to do, but it still is a film with basically no plot.
January 27, 2018
Awesome movie, I can watch again, and again. :)
January 18, 2018
A minor film that will be forgotten by most with time. Nevertheless, it captures well the charisma that has drawn so many to Obama.
½ November 7, 2017
Was that even a full movie?
½ August 28, 2017
Very good chemistry on screen and moving story
½ August 27, 2017
*Worst Movie. You gotta be kidding me.
August 10, 2017
Not super exciting. Only showed the first day of their relationship. I was hoping for more. However, it's worth watching. It's cute and I absolutely love the Obamas.
August 4, 2017
Interesting view into their early relationship, just a little disappointing it ended so soon and we didn't see it go further.
July 27, 2017
Great portrayal. It is a good movie
June 27, 2017
OBUMMAS MAKE ME SICK !
½ June 17, 2017
One date that moves like molasses. Intetesting antedotes can be gleamed here about both of them, but thats about it. The sountrack was lacking immensly and considering the time-frame they were in so much great music from that time could have helped move this along better. The acting was fine, but it was not enough to carry the whole film.
June 8, 2017
movie is based on the first date that Mr.Obama and Mrs Obama had. it sort of details how they both came from different backgrounds but how their attraction for each other even though she fought it at the end as known. it was a cute film. well acted and protraited.
½ June 3, 2017
Even though it falls sometimes into the big glorification of its two lead figures, "Southside with You" is gorgeously peaceful and serene, an excellent tone for the biographic tale of two people who would eventually become two of the most important, influential and beloved political personalities of the 21st Century in America.
May 15, 2017
The film is rather unsure of what it wants to be. It seems to want to be a coming of age movie, romance, and a sort of cultural biopic all at the same time. I thought the insistence of African culture were a bit odd, especially as they seemed to only serve as a narrative element. I found myself trying to figure out what the symbolism meant, and getting tangled up. I found Tika Sumpter to be a bit robotic in her depiction of Michelle Obama, more fitting of a Hillary Clinton than the funny and understanding yet still determined and practical Obama. The choice of music and score was perhaps the most puzzling as it has little to no effect, and usually clashes. My final criticism is that the film falls into a repetition of telling and not showing way too much.

I give all this criticism first so it does not look like I'm Gaga over Sawyers performance. He embodies the quirky cool of Obama. The effortless comfort with a twinge of nerd. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. The community scene is written perfectly, as it shows Obama not at full DNC keynote speaker level, but almost as a budding flower. Sawyers performance is frankly beautiful to watch.

The problem here is that Sumpter's portrayal turns what could be a stunning character in Michelle into a flat character that I don't think portrays any of Michelle's real heroine-like characteristics. Contrast this with Sawyers performance that somehow embodies a mix of Chance the Rapper and Ferris Bueller both in their 20s, and we have the exact opposite of what the film seems to try to do, which is want a lot more of Barack, and less of Michelle, which is a shame given the power of the dialogue.
½ May 5, 2017
If you did not enjoy this film...well...you're probably a Republican. Seriously, though, a movie that manages to turn ubiquitous public figures into protagonists (and complex protagonists, no less)? That is something. It was more than impersonation or caricature...it was a love story. And there was something hopeful about encountering these two before everything changed. It was not without flaws, but it brought a smile to my face.
½ April 30, 2017
I enjoyed watching this budding love story. Not sure how much of it was accurate, but I liked it. The movie felt like a version of Before Midnight a bit exactly a couple wandering together through a city.
April 30, 2017
Simple, but wonderful film about the beginning of Barack and Michelle Obama's relationship.
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