Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

94 mins
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In a Golden Globe-winning role, the late Chadwick Boseman stars alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis in this adaptation of the play by... More

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is available to stream in the... More United Kingdom now on Netflix.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Ratings & Reviews

"A detonation of pure acting firepower is what's on offer in this movie version of August Wilson's 1982 stage play."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"A stagey chamber piece with occasional flashes of musical intensity and thematic depth to spare."


"For whatever else it may be, the movie is a reverent tribute to both the medium of theater and Wilson's indelible impact on it."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"[W]atching actors of this caliber lose themselves in characters of such aching humanity is ample reward, with Boseman's towering work standing as a testament to a blazing talent lost too soon."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Boseman and Davis deliver superb performances in this timeless meditation on Black art, and those who would exploit it."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"It's Boseman, though, in his final appearance on screen, who makes both the bitter and the sweet of the story sing: a pointed arrow of hurt and hope and untapped fury, heartbreakingly alive in every scene."

Entertainment WeeklyEntertainment Weekly

"Wolfe finds the right balance between letting Wilson's trademark monologues flow and shooting them in a cinematic way."


"While the film boasts a strong ensemble, all of whom give fantastic performances, especially Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is Boseman's movie from beginning to end. He shows his full range."


"It's the brilliant Boseman who stays with you in the end."

New York PostNew York Post

"Chadwick Boseman's presence shouldn't endure just because it's his final on-screen role, but because of how darn good he is."

Time OutTime Out

"Chadwick Boseman meticulously charts the breakdown of a man discovering, within the mirages of 1920s blackness, that pursuit and escape, fleeing from and running toward, are inextricably intertwined."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

"This is chamber-piece cinema that hits with steam train force."

Daily TelegraphDaily Telegraph

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Details

Award winner
Best Costume Design and Best Make Up & Hair at the 2021 Academy Awards and BAFTAs. Best Actor (Boseman) at the 2021 Golden Globes.
Drama, Music
Country of origin

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