The Last Black Man in San Francisco

critic Reviews

, 92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    It's an independent film with a difference, but not as emotionally engaging as you'd really like it to be.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    Fails and Talbot's writing follows no script doctor's convention. The direction reveals no obvious influences.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's less of a rallying cry against gentrification than a rumination on the kind of pained acceptance those who suffer its effects must face.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It's beautifully filmed and perfectly played. The final shot is as epic as it is heartbreaking.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    The men behind The Last Black Man in San Francisco aren't trying to be cool or sleek. That's the last thing on their minds and probably explains why they do such a fine job of standing out from the crowd.
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    Nick PinkertonSight & Sound
    While Talbot and Fails avoid turning their homespun homesick story into an unwieldy and self-important metaphor for Black American Experience in total, creeping bloat makes itself felt elsewhere.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    Wonders aloud if Thomas Wolfe was right when he wrote, "You can't go home again."
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    Peter GrayThis is Film
    An odd exchange will be followed-up by something truly emotionally resonating, perhaps suggesting that whatever eccentricities are applied are only to make each profound moment that much more so.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    Gentrification is poetically rendered in this thought-provoking indie starring Jimmie Fails as a man holding onto the home his grandfather built in a changing city.
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    Kelechi EhenuloConfessions From A Geek Mind
    As one of the best films of the festival, The Last Black Man in San Francisco reminds you why cinema was invented. With sincere, heartfelt moments that run the spectrum, Talbot's direction is a stellar debut that leaves you breathless.
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