Get on the Bus Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 18, 2008
It's a simple, appealing premise and filmmaker Spike Lee uses it to full comic advantage.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 24, 2008
It all has an artless, ephemeral feel, and 20 years from now people will marvel at the fashions, the landscapes and the attitudes it captures like fragile bugs in amber.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
September 24, 2008
A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes...

September 24, 2008
Bythewood's script offers sharp insights into the male psyche, and the fine actors play off one another with real assurance.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Though Lee's deft expertise keeps things pacy and (mostly) plausible, the material can't avoid a certain predictability and, in the end, a preachy sentimentality.
Michael Dequina
September 11, 2005
A stirring, heartfelt entertainment from the first frame to the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Get on the Bus may well be the best film Spike Lee's made since Do the Right Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Enough lively banter and music, good humor and serious issues are make the 3,000-mile journey worth joining.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
While the film assembles a full array of black male stereotypes and conines them to what is essentially a talky one-set play, Mr. Lee stylistically jump-starts this small, earnest film in every way he can.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 7, 2003
One of Lee's best -- save for the didactic opening credits, he's rarely been less preachy and more insightful
| Original Score: 5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A wonderful film that, for all its nobility of purpose, soars on the strength of fascinating human stories.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Vividly conveys the yearning of some African-American men for solidarity.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's two hours of men sitting on a bus talking, but the talk is alive. Lee keeps the scenes short, so that nothing ever resolves completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph McBride
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Not only is this film a must-see for African Americans, it will enlighten and inspire any white moviegoers who open their minds enough to take the journey along with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Now this is a road picture!
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Although a contrived plot and heavy-handed symbolism hobble the story, the film delivers several revealingly funny moments, and it transcends its claustrophobic setting with a fusion of cinéma-vérité, hazy filters, and march footage.
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
May 12, 2001
Preachy and loud, yet surprisingly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's successful at holding our interest -- at making us care, and believe.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It takes far too many dead-end detours, is devoid of real characters and can be justly accused of being both sexist and anti-Semitic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Most of the show is a talkfest heading no place in particular. Only the bus has a direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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