• R, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Spike Lee
    In Theaters:
    Jan 10, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 20, 2003
  • Touchstone Pictures


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25th Hour Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Spike Lee's furiously melancholy drama about life and dread in post-9/11 New York City.

Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show | Original Score: 4/4

July 18, 2014
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Engaging but violent drama. Not for kids.

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

January 2, 2011
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Finds beauty in the silver linings and embodies the notion that we're stronger than we usually realize we can be.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: 5/5

September 7, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

An under-rated gem, 25th Hour is a powerful story about how the decisions you make in your life, and who you make them with, can ultimately lead to your downfall.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Michael Dequina

Lee successfully, seamlessly marries his famously inventive visual style with more introspective material.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 18, 2009
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Lee builds Monty's story of tortured introspection and his final surprising, desperate act before incarceration through boldly candid conversations and flashbacks.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Perhaps Lee's most consistently compelling work since Clockers.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

One of the more entertaining and thought-provoking Spike Lee Joints in a long while.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006

Time Out
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While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury

'Spike Lee's love of New York, unlike Woody Allen's, has always been more tough than tender.'

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 22, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Lee's best, most cohesive and most passionate film since Do the Right Thing.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

September 6, 2004
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

25th Hour stands out as a remarkably atmospheric and elegiac American film, every scene heavy with the stillness of tragedy.'

December 1, 2003
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

In its own strange way [the film is] uplifting, a tribute to people's ability to face the unthinkable, and, if not triumph, at least persevere.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 6, 2003
Peter Bradshaw

A turgid, bombastic and outrageously self-satisfied movie.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

July 8, 2003
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

25th Hour is both Spike Lee's condemnation of and valentine to what we've done before, but also a strangely inspiring reminder of how beautiful the mere opportunity to choose can be.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

June 27, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a bit scattershot...but director Lee manages to pull it all together into a tense, gripping, suspenseful, and highly dramatic movie experience.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

June 20, 2003
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Smart and restrained; a fine production from a mature filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 84/100

June 10, 2003
Todd Gilchrist

Spike Lee's most compelling and resonant picture in years.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

June 10, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

A moving tribute to resilience in the face of ruination.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

June 8, 2003
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Superbly acted, as you would expect, it's also rich in moral nuance. Doing the right thing is not as simple in his films as it once was.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

June 6, 2003
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