25th Hour Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 18, 2014
Spike Lee's furiously melancholy drama about life and dread in post-9/11 New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Engaging but violent drama. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
September 7, 2010
Finds beauty in the silver linings and embodies the notion that we're stronger than we usually realize we can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
One of Spike Lee's best films...
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 18, 2009
Lee successfully, seamlessly marries his famously inventive visual style with more introspective material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Lee builds Monty's story of tortured introspection and his final surprising, desperate act before incarceration through boldly candid conversations and flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
Perhaps Lee's most consistently compelling work since Clockers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
One of the more entertaining and thought-provoking Spike Lee Joints in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
March 22, 2005
'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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 6, 2004
Lee's best, most cohesive and most passionate film since Do the Right Thing.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
25th Hour stands out as a remarkably atmospheric and elegiac American film, every scene heavy with the stillness of tragedy.'
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
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
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 8, 2003
A turgid, bombastic and outrageously self-satisfied movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 20, 2003
...a bit scattershot...but director Lee manages to pull it all together into a tense, gripping, suspenseful, and highly dramatic movie experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 10, 2003
Smart and restrained; a fine production from a mature filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
June 10, 2003
Spike Lee's most compelling and resonant picture in years.
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
June 8, 2003
A moving tribute to resilience in the face of ruination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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