Red Hook Summer Reviews

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Tim Grierson
Deadspin
February 12, 2013
"Red Hook Summer" has so much life, so much verve. Spike Lee always makes movies you want to wrestle with, even if the rewards this time around aren't as worthwhile.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 25, 2012
... shimmers with unfocused energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 13, 2012
For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 4, 2012
Spike Lee in coasting gear.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 4, 2012
Spike Lee's least crabby vignette in a decade
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
September 1, 2012
Seems to be little but demands much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 31, 2012
When Lee preaches in Red Hook Summer, the movie bumps along, though it's reasonably entertaining. But when he decides to teach us about the human heart, it becomes a potent experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
August 24, 2012
Features Lee playing with fascinating concepts and working well with setting even if the final result isn't quite the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 24, 2012
This coming-of-age portrait provides one more instance of Lee as one of this country's finest cinematic regionalists.
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
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
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.
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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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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.
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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