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Shaft Reviews

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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
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
April 3, 2012
A blaxploitation pic that's never quite as cool as its theme song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
March 26, 2009
Excellent cast, headed by newcomer Richard Roundtree, may shock some audiences with heavy dose of candid dialog and situation.
January 10, 2008
It's the music that's great here, but the iconic hero is a kick to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
March 1, 2007
Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popular of the blaxploitation pictures.
June 24, 2006
A hip, cool, entertaining thriller.
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
April 14, 2003
What's not to like? Shaft rocked!
| Original Score: 4/5
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
October 22, 2002
Surprisingly good and it holds up
| Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2002
Undeniably cool
| Original Score: 4/5
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
September 18, 2002
Sexy, Smart, Action-Packed and Groooooovy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
October 24, 2001
As entertaining as it was thirty years ago.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
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