Michael Sauter
March 01, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bojangles

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
101 minutes
performer
Gregory Hines, Kimberly Elise, Savion Glover, Maria Ricossa, Peter Riegert
director
Joseph Sargent
distributor
Showtime Networks Inc.
author
Robert P. Johnson, Richard Wesley
genre
Drama

We gave it an C-

During his several dance numbers, Hines at least looks the part of groundbreaking vaudevillian Bill ”Bojangles” Robinson. But all that hoofing does little to enliven a drearily conventional biopic that merely skims the surface of Bojangles’ life story yet still manages to plod. Apparently trying to inject some style and/or substance, director Joseph Sargent contrives numerous opportunities for his actors to look into the camera and tell us things we already know. Just what this movie needs: something else to slow it down.

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