• Shaft
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    Added: May 9, 2008


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Shaft Reviews

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Josh Larsen

Nearly every frame of Shaft is intent on doing one thing: establishing its hero as a powerful, independent, innately good yet still devilish man in control of his own destiny.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2012


An efficient cop thriller, with a charismatic performance from Roundtree as "the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about...Shaft!" Can you dig it?

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2012
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A blaxploitation pic that's never quite as cool as its theme song.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2012
Cole Smithey

Though Ossie Davis's elaborate buddy comedy "Cotton Comes to Harlem" arrived a year earlier, Gordon Parks's "Shaft" (1971) was the movie that put Blaxploitation on the map.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

April 26, 2009
A.D. Murphy
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Excellent cast, headed by newcomer Richard Roundtree, may shock some audiences with heavy dose of candid dialog and situation.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Steve Crum

It's the music that's great here, but the iconic hero is a kick to watch.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This was the second feature of the longtime still photographer Parks, in which he brought together talent for capturing an image and personal knowledge of life on the streets to create a hard-hitting action thriller.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popular of the blaxploitation pictures.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 1, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A hip, cool, entertaining thriller.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Parks isn't especially good at action direction, but the heart of a private-eye movie is in the mood scenes, anyway, and he supplies a scene in a bar and another one with the Harlem rackets boss that are very nice.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2004
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

What's not to like? Shaft rocked!

| Original Score: 4/5

April 14, 2003
James Rocchi

Who's the black private dick that's the center of a still-enjoyable flick? Shaft!

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprisingly good and it holds up

| Original Score: 4/5

October 22, 2002
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Undeniably cool

| Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2002
Larry Carroll

A classic. The best film to come out of the blaxploitation era is still fun to watch today.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2002
Clint Morris

Sexy, Smart, Action-Packed and Groooooovy.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

This is the best example of a film with awesome style but not much substance. On some levels, it's like, the coolest flick ever.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Maybe the greatest Blaxploitation film of all. This film started a cultural phenomenon that ripples 30 years later.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 2, 2002
Dragan Antulov

As entertaining as it was thirty years ago.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

October 24, 2001
Elspeth Haughton
Apollo Guide

Shaft laid the ground for modern black filmmakers and addressed scenarios that even today don't make the cut.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 69/100

July 25, 2001
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