Reviews: Zola (2021)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: it is a huge disappointment that given her hand in writing the screenplay (along with playwright Jeremy O. Harris and director Janicza Bravo (“Lemon”)), Zola’s voice has been largely lost, the film losing its fizz after the initial rush of new friendship.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Janicza Bravo balances the grittiness of the story with a sense of whimsy and dreaminess, as well as a sense of humor. The performances from the cast are great across the board.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A deliciously badass style — part 70s grindhouse, part verité pseudo-documentary — and all-in performances are undermined by an exploitive gaze, and a combination of failed caper and failed satire.
  • Sarah Marrs @
    • Excerpt: Zola is stylish, sleazy, entertaining as hell, but also a sharp look at the intersection of toxic friendships and racism.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Remember that intense, uncomfortable, and weirdly funny scene in Boogie Nights with Alfred Molina listening to Night Ranger and playing with firecrackers? Well, Zola is like ninety minutes of that exact same vibe.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @
    • Excerpt: It’s well-made, well-acted, and an enjoyable night at the movies. It’s not #TheStory, though. It’s neither wild nor unpredictable.
  • Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews
    • Excerpt: Some are hooked more than others to her wild story.