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Red Hook Summer Reviews

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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
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2012
Lee's typically paradoxical statements on race and religion muddle the narrative, and his old stylistic tricks -- saturated color schemes, characters addressing the camera -- aren't exactly inspired.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 31, 2012
The story is static for about 90 minutes, then rises to action, but in a way that seems impromptu, either made up on the spot or ill-considered.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 31, 2012
When Spike Lee fails he fails big, and he goes down in flames with "Red Hook Summer."
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 24, 2012
Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2012
In truth, the film fizzles as much as it fumes. There is a kind of lassitude that sets in, even as it builds toward some kind of reckoning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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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
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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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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.
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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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Nick Schager
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
Potently expresses, both aesthetically and narratively, a sense of inclusiveness and diversity.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 7, 2012
Isn't it valuable that Lee refuses to make that gentle church movie we expected? He has to grab the live wire of referendum, go deeper into his Breslinesque outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 21, 2012
Ambitious, uncompromising, and musically charged... the generational and ideological clashes become palpable, as do the community's frustrations after the darkest of plot twists.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
January 26, 2012
Reflects the artist Lee is now: a little less angry, a little more self-indulgent and still fascinating even when he's not totally on his game.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 24, 2012
Red Hook Summer oscillates between extremes: it's borderline amateurish one moment and heartbreaking the next, a god-fearing and god-forsaken mess that could only have come from Lee, whose strengths have always been inextricable from his weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 23, 2012
Beneath every scene, powerful music enhances the film's resonance in much the same way its hyper-saturated colors do visually.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2012
Rambles through almost two hours of unfocused drama, burdened with endless didactic editorializing, before lurching out of nowhere into ugly revelations and violence.