Adam Hursey’s review published on Letterboxd:
Love! Love! Love! Love! Love!
It's so refreshing to watch a movie like this one. It's just so entertaining. I wanted to rewatch it again after it was over because I didn't want to leave the characters and the world that was created.
All of the performances are superb across the board. So nice to see Wesley Snipes in a role like this one. And while I did not get lost in Eddie Murphy's performance, it didn't matter. He made it happen and is so fun to watch. I was shocked to find out that this film is his first R rated film since 1999. That's crazy.
I love a good movie about making movies. I love a good movie about making "bad" movies. Dolemite was a better film than Plan 9 From Outer Space or The Room, but it's not exactly the highest quality. But this film shows that it doesn't really matter. With all the current controversy about what constitutes cinema and the state of releasing motion pictures in general, Dolemite Is My Name is a testament to the definition of cinema being pretty fluid. And I love that I was able to see this on Netflix rather than have to wait through a platform release that may never come through my town and end up watching it at home anyway. Although I would have loved to have seen this film in a theater with a crowd. I would love to see any Rudy Ray Moore in a theater with a crowd as a matter of fact.
Anyway, I cannot recommend this film enough. I think I was near tears by the end of it out of pure joy and happiness. And that does not happen often. I hope Craig Brewer makes more films please.