Red Hook Summer Reviews

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 23, 2012
You will have no trouble picking out the emotional contours of the movie's tumultuous final scenes, and although Peters holds the drama together, late-game revelations raise narrative questions that are left glaringly unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2012
It's a scramble, marked by the unruly variety of visual strategies Lee prefers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2012
Here is Lee at his most spontaneous and sincere, but he could have used another screenplay draft, and perhaps a few more transitional scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
August 22, 2012
There are no clear character arcs and no three-act dramatic structure, but the movie's messiness comes close to the rhythms of real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 21, 2012
Rich, unexpected and as complex as you'd expect from a Spike Lee joint.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Robert Levin
The Atlantic
August 16, 2012
This is an illustrated lecture - a jumbled, rushed cinematic rant. The ideas are there. The story is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
August 16, 2012
Ultimately, Red Hook Summer is both a disappointment and yet, somehow, still completely worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
August 13, 2012
The film manages to persevere with a heartfelt vibrancy in both its setting and characters.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 12, 2012
Skipping over the neighborhood like a spinning stone, Lee's rocking Red Hook looks great in Technicolor.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 10, 2012
A movie that's alive and spontaneous and surprising is a rare enough thing to encounter-especially one that manages to address subjects as divisive and painful as inner-city black poverty without getting maudlin or preachy.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
August 10, 2012
...would be highly flawed but promising for a newcomer; from Spike Lee, it's downright embarrassing.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 10, 2012
Welcome back, Spike. It's good to see you again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 10, 2012
Spike Lee now seems to be trying to be the world's oldest student filmmaker. Take out the rookie mistakes from "Red Hook Summer," and there'd be nothing left.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 9, 2012
Peters brings a magical energy to the movie's most laggard moments, infusing a so-what drama with a must-see performance.
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August 9, 2012
From a storytelling perspective, Red Hook Summer is an absolute mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 9, 2012
Lee grapples with a number of urgent themes, but his approaches are often either too direct (we are repeatedly pummeled by the bishop's fiery preaching) or too circuitous (the verbal and visual meanderings are sometimes valuable, and sometimes not).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 9, 2012
A clear failure, yet Lee is getting at things that mystify him.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 9, 2012
A thought-provoking drama from Spike Lee about coming-of-age, fundamentalist Christianity, African-American discontent, and the unforgivable sin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 9, 2012
Spike Lee's messy, meandering, bluntly polemical "Red Hook Summer" has one crucial ingredient: a raw vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 8, 2012
[The movie] isn't a smooth slow jam... but one doesn't go to Spike Lee pictures in order to solicit a complacent experience anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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