Roxanne Roxanne

Roxanne Roxanne is a 2017 American musical drama film written and directed by Michael Larnell. It stars Chanté Adams, Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips and Shenell Edmonds. The film revolves around the life of rapper Roxanne Shante. It was screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[1]

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Directed byMichael Larnell
Written byMichael Larnell
Produced by
CinematographyFederico Cesca
Edited byClaudia Castello
Music byRZA
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 22, 2017 (2017-01-22) (Sundance)
  • March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) (US)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States



In January 2017, Neon acquired distribution rights to the film.[2] However, in December 2017, it was revealed that Netflix had won worldwide rights to the film.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 70% based on 30 reviews, and an average rating of 6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Roxanne Roxanne belatedly honors its subject with a gripping character-driven biopic that serves as a primer for a trailblazing career while telling an often tragic story."[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on ten critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]

On, Nick Allen gave the film 2 stars. Comparing the movie to David O. Russell's Joy, he said: "Like Joy, this story feels overwhelmingly like the writer/director's version of their subject's lives, rendering Roxanne Roxanne a portrait that's as expressive as it is incomplete."[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Erbland, Kate (November 30, 2016). "Sundance 2017 Announces Competition and NEXT Lineups, Including Returning Favorites and Major Contenders". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 27, 2017). "Neon Nears Deal For Sundance Sensation 'Roxanne Roxanne'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Kenny, Glenn (December 29, 2017). "A Sneak Preview of 2018 Netflix Films and a Canine Secret Weapon". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Roxanne Roxanne (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Roxanne Roxanne Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Allen, Nick (March 23, 2018). "Roxanne Roxanne". Ebert Digital Media. Retrieved May 25, 2018.

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