Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Synopsis

During a recording session, tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues".

Cast

  • Viola Davis
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Glynn Turman
  • Colman Domingo
  • Michael Potts
  • Taylour Paige
  • Dusan Brown
  • Jonny Coyne
  • Jeremy Shamos
  • Joshua Harto

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this movie is not like no other. it reminds of how hard and still is for blacks to work with white. it was definitely deep, crazy and entertaining at the same time.

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Metacritic

60
Dec 13, 2020

The theatrical origins of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom weigh heavy on this film, directed with a stagey air by Tony award winner George C Wolfe.

Mark Kermode
The Observer (UK)
80
Nov 24, 2020

Chadwick Boseman gives this muscular film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, added punch and poignancy.

Metacritic review by Kate Stables
Kate Stables
Total Film
80
Nov 20, 2020

Chadwick Boseman's tragic death will draw understandable attention to Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which represents his final role. Yet that focus shouldn't overshadow the riveting performances that elevate this small-scale Netflix movie, adapted from the August Wilson play with its somewhat claustrophobic stage origins very much intact.

Brian Lowry
CNN