• 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Lee overloads a featherweight story with pretentious subtext and showy technique.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The story line is flaccid and episodic, the direction lacks vitality, and the observations are mundane.

December 19, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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There are two films at war in director Spike Lee's newest feature 25th Hour, one uninteresting, the other an epic of near-tragic miscalculation.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 18, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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25th Hour has a lot of problems, but chief amongst them is the persistent feeling that Lee is just treading water, by trading on past glories and larding in celebrity appearances in the hope of actually selling a few tickets for a change.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2003
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2007
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A pungent, mostly well-acted tale of one man's forced emotional steeling... in which Lee again proves himself a bungler of graceful denouements and points made softly.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C

December 23, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com

Maybe Spike Lee's response to 9-11 is shellshock and confusion, but that's not enough to build his latest movie on.

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 18, 2002
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

How can so much talent be so utterly, utterly wasted on this weak material?

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: C

December 23, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Ao descartar qualquer sinal de sutileza em seu trabalho, Spike Lee dilui o drama de seu protagonista em um oceano de sofrimento.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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The latest movie to prove that, for all his talent and ability to attract excellent actors, director Spike Lee has to quit overstuffing his narratives.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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If there was ever a filmmaker in need of someone who could tell him where and when to stop, what to leave in and what to take out, it would be Spike Lee.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2003
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Pretty lethargic stuff.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 13, 2003
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

...contains moments so raw, lyrical and playfully alert to the limitless possibilities of filmmaking that it takes a day or two to figure out the flick just ain't very good.

January 7, 2003
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine

Couldn't have been more generic if it tried.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: D+

January 10, 2003
Chuck Rudolph
Slant Magazine

The various elements of 25th Hour are invariably provocative, but the husk of the story isn't up to the challenge.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

December 14, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

An episodically interesting but ultimately failed effort boasting fine performances and a good score by Spike Lee stalwart Terence Blanchard.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

January 11, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Spike Lee goes from inspired gutsiness to pretentious gooeyness, as if Eminem turned into Alan Jackson.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 10, 2003
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

With all the great actors and social commentary going for it, 25th Day fails due to Spike's inability to trust the audience.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 14, 2003
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Features a number of scenes of individual power that, ultimately, do not add up to a film of the same level.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2003
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

In sum, uneven, with a strong Norton, incompatible score, but, of course you'll love the dog -- and the good message/reminder.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2002
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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October 18, 2008
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

...begins with great intentions but somewhere in the first thirty or so minutes of the film it becomes disconnected and weightless.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2003
Amy Taubin
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 10, 2003

Boston Phoenix
January 18, 2003
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