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      Jim Brown: All-American

      Released Mar 22, 2002 2 hr. 9 min. Documentary List
      57% 14 Reviews Tomatometer 82% 50+ Ratings Audience Score Spike Lee directed this portrait of pro football Hall of Famer, actor and civil rights activist Jim Brown. Read More Read Less

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      sean l Spike Lee analyzes the multi-faceted football legend in exhaustive detail. Beneath the stern, rock-solid exterior, Brown is an amazingly human figure, quietly thoughtful and passionately dedicated to what he believes in. It's motivational just listening to the man speak, whether he's fondly remembering his football heyday, discussing the implications of his acting career or admitting his personal faults as a partner and parent. He's not without a few blemishes, but which of us is? Coming into this with the expectation of little more than a rose-tinted lesson in sports history, I was surprised when the discussion about Brown's athletic career barely took up a third of the running time. Jim is much more than an athlete-turned B-Movie actor, and Lee expertly coaxes him into explaining why. A touch long-winded and egotistical, just like the man himself, it's mostly worth the investment. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Gene Seymour Newsday Only an epic documentary could get it all down, and Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All American at long last gives its subject a movie worthy of his talents. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Megan Turner New York Post Overly long and worshipful bio-doc. Rated: 1.5/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Stephen Holden New York Times As the movie traces Mr. Brown's athletic exploits, it is impossible not to be awed by the power and grace of one of the greatest natural sportsmen of modern times. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 23, 2005 Full Review Apollo Guide Rated: 69/100 May 13, 2005 Full Review Mark Pfeiffer Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema Treating the [controversial] incidents with kid gloves allows Jim Brown: All-American to fit into the encomium template, but a more forthright approach is demanded. Rated: C Apr 14, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Spike Lee directed this portrait of pro football Hall of Famer, actor and civil rights activist Jim Brown.
      Director
      Spike Lee
      Distributor
      HBO
      Production Co
      40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, HBO Theatrical Documentary
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 22, 2002, Original