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Summer of Sam Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 23, 2008
Like most of Lee's work, this bites off more than it can chew, but the breadth and energy are impressive.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Whatever you think of Spike Lee, when he has the faith in his talent and material and is able to be political without the dogma, he's one of the best filmmakers to come out of America in the 1980's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
The story makes very important points, and shows us a graphic parable of the wages of sin. But the ugliness along the way will be too much for some viewers....
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 11, 2004
Disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 28, 2004
Spike Lee's most ambitious movie, is joltingly inspired at times. It's also offensively redundant and needs editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The cast sizzles.
| Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
An intelligent, compassionate, adult story told to thrilling, fearsome effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 23, 2002
...tremendous, haunting, multi-textured ...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Both beguiling and confounding, an enigmatic blend of banality and brilliance that ultimately manages to overcome its myriad shortcomings through nothing but the sheer force of Lee's visionary direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
It's easily Lee's most accomplished and satisfying movie since Malcolm X.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
A riveting and unsettling look at the summer of 1977 when fear and paranoia reigned.
Geoffrey Macnab
Sight and Sound
April 17, 2001
A sprawling, brilliantly acted character study which touches on love, friendship and betrayal, while also managing to recreate the last days of disco without a note of self-parody.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
This movie is constantly in motion, spinning from one level of the story to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
For more than two hours, you can't catch your breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee is a great director. He is one of the best when it comes to pulling great performances from a large cast, and when it comes to creating a real, palpable impression of a moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 1, 2000
A spellbinding account of how fear causes illogical reactions, and how illogical reactions cause impulsive actions which, in turn, are just as dangerous as a serial killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The film is so involving because it seems to be a dance around Lee's memory and imagination.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's Lee's best joint in a long time, and while it's far from perfect, it's also the most intelligently riveting film out there this summer, so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee's new film chronicles this event and the ways it touched a community through its violence and intolerance. It's Lee's most vibrant work yet, and it carefully explores each and every downfall Lee holds as a director.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
At times it gels into a gripping film. At other times, you can see Lee working...and you can see him working far too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

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March 24, 2002

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January 1, 2000
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