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Shaft Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2014
There are a lot of movies from that era that do basically the same things... but not many of them do them as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Josh Larsen
October 15, 2012
Nearly every frame of Shaft is intent on doing one thing: establishing its hero as a powerful, independent, innately good yet still devilish man in control of his own destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 3, 2012
An efficient cop thriller, with a charismatic performance from Roundtree as "the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about...Shaft!" Can you dig it?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 3, 2012
A blaxploitation pic that's never quite as cool as its theme song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
April 26, 2009
Though Ossie Davis's elaborate buddy comedy "Cotton Comes to Harlem" arrived a year earlier, Gordon Parks's "Shaft" (1971) was the movie that put Blaxploitation on the map.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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A.D. Murphy
March 26, 2009
Excellent cast, headed by newcomer Richard Roundtree, may shock some audiences with heavy dose of candid dialog and situation.
Steve Crum
January 10, 2008
It's the music that's great here, but the iconic hero is a kick to watch.
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
March 1, 2007
This was the second feature of the longtime still photographer Parks, in which he brought together talent for capturing an image and personal knowledge of life on the streets to create a hard-hitting action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popular of the blaxploitation pictures.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A hip, cool, entertaining thriller.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Parks isn't especially good at action direction, but the heart of a private-eye movie is in the mood scenes, anyway, and he supplies a scene in a bar and another one with the Harlem rackets boss that are very nice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 14, 2003
What's not to like? Shaft rocked!
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Who's the black private dick that's the center of a still-enjoyable flick? Shaft!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2002
Surprisingly good and it holds up
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
October 11, 2002
Undeniably cool
| Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
September 27, 2002
A classic. The best film to come out of the blaxploitation era is still fun to watch today.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Sexy, Smart, Action-Packed and Groooooovy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This is the best example of a film with awesome style but not much substance. On some levels, it's like, the coolest flick ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Maybe the greatest Blaxploitation film of all. This film started a cultural phenomenon that ripples 30 years later.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dragan Antulov
October 24, 2001
As entertaining as it was thirty years ago.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
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