Crooklyn (1994)



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Movie Info

Spike Lee and his siblings Cinque and Joie Susannah Lee wrote this affectionate comedy which focuses on a ten-year-old girl growing up with her parents and four brothers in 1970s Brooklyn.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cinqué Lee, Joie Lee, Spike Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video


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as Joseph Carmichael

as Tommy La La

as Nate Carmichael

as Jessica

as Right Hand Man

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as Aunt Song

as Uncle Brown

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as Possom/Tracey

as Possom/Greg

as Mrs. Columbo

as Drunk Woman

as Poochie

as West Indian Store Ma...

as Hector

as Bodega Woman

as Con Ed Man

as TV Evangelist

as Drunk Woman

as Funeral Mourner

as Supermarket Customer

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Critic Reviews for Crooklyn

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

Lee is a great self-promoter. After all his press releases and all his interviews, we are given films that are sketchy, unfelt and distancing -- incidents in Lee's career, the only drama that really interests him.

Full Review… | September 23, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The key problem is that the film is simply a ragged series of anecdotal sketches.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the first Spike Lee film with the potential to be turned into a television show. More important, it's the first one to display real warmth of heart.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Crooklyn is not in any way an angry film. But thinking about the difference between its world and ours can make you angry, and I think that was one of Lee's purposes here.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Modulating from heavy to light, from angry to lyrical, and so on, the movie's an enjoyable, emotional symphony.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Crooklyn

Carolyn: Wendell, PLEASE close your mouth when you chew!
Wendell: Why can't you let me eat in peace for once?
Carolyn: Because you disturbing the peace! You eat like a pig and chew like a cow!

Although not as famous as some of Spike Lees other films like Malcolm X or Do The Right Thing, it still has his signature all over it. Nobody makes an urban movie like Spike Lee. In Crooklyn he gives us a great mix of comedy and family drama, although more drama then comedy. Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo give great performances as the parents of 4 sons and a daughter. Based somewhat on Spike Lee's own life; it is a fantastic look at a tough but struggling family.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

While I commend Spike Lee for trying to make a coming of age story for an African American audience and white audience alike, it does nothing to change the typical hollywood formula. That would be fine if he was going for something like that, but his counterculture attitude suggests otherwise. You can see he was trying to be subtle with his messages, but that's never been a strong suit of his. Even the way it is filmed is bland and uninteresting. The characters are flat and often one noted, giving you no sense of connection or respect for them. It's basically a failed attempt at making a powerful film.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


A sweet and sentimental look at childhood in 1970's New York City.

The 'kinder gentler' side of Spike Lee.

A real high-point for his career and a great example of his range as a film maker.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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