Do the Right Thing (1989)
Average Rating: 8.8/10
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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1
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Director Spike Lee dives head-first into a maelstrom of racial and social ills, using as his springboard the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, where a smooth-talkin' deejay (Samuel L. Jackson) spins the platters that matter; a convenience store owned by a Korean couple; and Sal's Famous Pizzeria, the only white-operated business in the neighborhood. Sal (Danny Aiello) serves up slices with his two sons, genial
Jun 14, 1989 Wide
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The film -- at once stylised and realistic -- buzzes throughout with the sheer, edgy bravado that comes from living one's life on the streets. It looks, sounds, and feels right.
Mr. Lee's movie is anything but minimalist. It is bursting with character, color, incident and music, including a militant rap number performed by Public Enemy.
Spike Lee combines a forceful statement on race relations with solid entertainment values.
Comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time
[A] movie that gives us the vitality of urban street life and the viciousness of racism in a single, brightly bedecked, booby-trapped package.
My rowdy audience at Do The Right Thing did not cheer the riot, nor did one break out at the end. Like me, they left having seen a reflection of their own lives onscreen.
Captures a sense of black pride in the late '80s that's caught between essentialism and pop-culture commercialism. Trash-talking racism, distrust, and males' insistence on respect blaze the story along a path that LA would burn with its 1992 riots.
The many joys of the film are equaled only by the fiery injustice it bears witness to in the apocalyptic third act.
It's perhaps one of the greatest summer movies of all time. Do the Right Thing is as perfect as a film can get.
Lee shows us both sides of the situation, and lets us decide for ourselves. The results are devastating.
[Spike] Lee doesn't attempt to answer the complicated questions of racism, misunderstanding and simmering anger as much as confront them with a hard clarity.
A riveting drama which remains just as intense as when it debuted in 1989.
A towering achievement in American cinema, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing takes a hard look at a community in crisis. [Blu-ray]
Like Rear Window to Alfred Hitchcock, like Nashville to Robert Altman, like Playtime to Jacques Tati, Lee's Do the Right Thing is an undiluted representation of its creator's artistic command.
A pulsating homage to life on New York's streets, achieved thanks to Lee's sleepless eye, but a passionate-yet-dignified study of racism, too.
The fact that a filmmaker as gifted as Lee has yet to top the movie says a lot about its power.
"Do the Right Thing" is a film whose ability to entertain, provoke, and question has not diminished in the least.
Prompted by the brutal Howard Beach killing of a young black man, Lee's politically charged drama is an angry assault on racism that benefits from bravura filmmaking. Still Lee's best and most important film.
A tour-de-force for Spike Lee
Spike's greatest film to date. Shame on the Academy for not recognizing it.
Audience Reviews for Do the Right Thing
- Da Mayor: [after last night's riot] Hope the block is still standing.
- Mother Sister: We're still standing.
- Mother Sister: Good morning.
- Da Mayor: Is it a good morning?
- Mother Sister: Yes, indeed. You almost got yourself killed last night.
- Mister Senor Love Daddy: YO! HOLD UP! Time out! TIME OUT! Y'all take a chill! Ya need to cool that shit out! And that's the double truth, Ruth!
- Sonny: It's cheap, I got a good price for you, Mayor Koch, "How I'm doing," chocolate-egg-cream-drinking, bagel-and-lox, B'nai B'rith Jew asshole!
- Officer Long: You Goya bean-eating, fifteen in a car, thirty in an apartment, pointed shoes, red-wearing, Menudo, mire-mire Puerto Rican cocksucker. Yeah, you!
- Stevie: You little slanty-eyed, me-no-speaky-American, own-every-fruit-and-vegetable-stand-in-New-York, bullshit, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Summer Olympics '88, Korean kick-boxing son of a bitch!
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