• Shaft
    2 minutes 8 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Shaft Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

doesn't have the same historical impact as the original .... but entertaining

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C+

June 3, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Packs a ton of style and solid laughs, but in the end, it's mostly a hollow experience...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

June 1, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A guilty pleasure for adults and older teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Shaft quickly splits into two different movies, and only one of them fully succeeds.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The primary focus of the film, and the real reason we're here, is to watch Samuel Jackson sink his teeth into the Shaft's trash-talking dialogue.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B+

December 6, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Samuel L. Jackson, who broke out of the pack in Pulp Fiction, fits the role and his leather Armani coat as though it's tailor-made. He's the man, and we can dig it.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2004
Jon Niccum

Despite a fairly intriguing first hour that captures the original film's leisurely pace and street-smart mood, what finally conks Shaft's afro is a third act that lacks a compelling, forward-moving plot.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

November 12, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Jackson strives mightily to unify the story, but the job is too much for him. Once again a studio action movie went before the camera before the script was ready.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

a surprisingly successful update of what many regard as the best of the "blaxploitation" films of the early 1970s. It owes most of its success to Jackson, who hasn't had such a meaty role since "Pulp Fiction"...

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 15, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Se não revoluciona o gênero com suas batidas cenas de ação, Shaft consegue, ao menos, resgatar um personagem interessante.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Even with a pro like Samuel L. Jackson in the title role, it has a hard time keeping the balls in the air.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: B-

October 24, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

A messy, slapdash remake of Gordon Parks' overheated and overrated 1971 blaxploitation cash-in.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C

March 19, 2001
Dustin Putman

As an 'in-the-moment' popcorn entertainment, it works wonders.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

We know we are watching a Shaft movie without even looking up at the screen, as we tune into the wah-wah funk sound of Isaac Hayes' exponential title theme ...

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

It's Giuliani time.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

January 1, 2000
Eric D. Snider

To paraphrase the title song, that Shaft is one bad ... movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
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[Covers] too many bases.

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Is this a good movie? Not exactly; too much of it is on automatic pilot, as it must be, to satisfy the fans of the original Shaft.

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

January 1, 2000
Paul Gessell
Ottawa Citizen

Jackson has just shown, black men can also be superheroes.

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
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Its sheer balls-out bravado is often brutally funny.

Full Review Source:

January 1, 2000
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