Shaft Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 3, 2013
doesn't have the same historical impact as the original .... but entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 1, 2013
Packs a ton of style and solid laughs, but in the end, it's mostly a hollow experience...
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
A guilty pleasure for adults and older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Shaft quickly splits into two different movies, and only one of them fully succeeds.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
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 | Original Score: B+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 28, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Niccum
November 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
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"...
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Se não revoluciona o gênero com suas batidas cenas de ação, Shaft consegue, ao menos, resgatar um personagem interessante.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
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 | Original Score: B-
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
A messy, slapdash remake of Gordon Parks' overheated and overrated 1971 blaxploitation cash-in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: C
Paul Gessell
Ottawa Citizen
January 1, 2000
Jackson has just shown, black men can also be superheroes.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000
It's Giuliani time.
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
To paraphrase the title song, that Shaft is one bad ... movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
[Covers] too many bases.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Its sheer balls-out bravado is often brutally funny.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
Shaft, has a furnace of action and a master stoker: Jackson as John Shaft, the leather-cased 'black private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks.'
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