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Shaft

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With a charismatic lead, this new Shaft knows how to push the right buttons.

66%

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Crooked cops on the take -- small-time drug lords -- sleazy informers and sadistic rich kids ready to kill --- for police detective John Shaft, its just another night in the underbelly of New York City, another shift facing down cops and criminals who want him dead and a legal system that thrives on money, not justice.

Cast & Crew

Vanessa Williams
Carmen Vasquez
Jeffrey Wright
Peoples Hernandez
Christian Bale
Walter Wade, Jr.
Dan Hedaya
Detective Jack Roselli
Toni Collette
Diane Palmieri
Richard Roundtree
Uncle John Shaft
Josef Sommer
Curt Fleming
Ernest Tidyman
Writer (Novel)
John Singleton
Writer (Story)
John Singleton
Screenwriter
Shane Salerno
Writer (Story)
Richard Price
Screenwriter
Shane Salerno
Screenwriter
Paul Hall
Executive Producer
Steve Nicolaides
Executive Producer
Adam Schroeder
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Critic Reviews for Shaft

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (39)

Audience Reviews for Shaft

  • Jan 10, 2020
    Samuel L. Jackson is Shaft in the John Singleton remake of the classic Blaxploitation film. Can you dig it? When a rich playboy gets away with murdering a young black man Detective John Shaft makes it his personal mission to bring him to justice. Jackson gives a strong performance and puts his own spin on the character (modernizing him for the 2000s). And the supporting cast is also pretty good, and includes Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale, and Jeffrey Wright. Yet the plot is rather formulaic and features all of the usual crime film tropes: dirty cops, the hero going rogue, criminals turning on each other, etc. Still there's some good action and colorful characters. Shaft isn't exactly a bad mother****, but it's fun and entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Certainly not a great movie, for it as its flaws, but as far as remakes go -- and this technically is a remake -- it's pretty good.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2011
    Shaft is an unimpressive action film that is loosely based on the classic of the same name. I found it quite bad. Shaft didn't thrill me, and frankly, I was disappointed. I felt that the film could have been much better, and that it didn't anything to really entertain you. The thing is, Shaft has a poorly constructed script that is overly vulgar, and relies on that to try and entertain the viewer. Shaft is a pretty bland film and uses cliché upon cliché to create its story. Shaft doesn't differ from other cop films, and offers nothing new to the genre. The film is mediocre that really isn't entertaining. The cast is awful, and they don't do anything that elevates this film into being something really entertaining. The film is dull, boring and unimpressive. Shaft relies on its profanity to be "entertaining", unfortunately, it isn't entertaining. Shaft is a boring action film that is unimpressive to watch and frankly is a waste of time. I did not enjoy this film, and I thought that it was a missed opportunity to do something interesting. This is yet another remake that fails to capture the thrills of the original. The films flaws lies within a poorly written script, a bad cast and overall poor directing. Shaft is a mediocre film that misses the mark, and is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. The film is poorly conceived, and doesn't capture the elements which the original film a good, entertaining viewing experience. This remake fails to entertain and is marred with a bad script that is the film fatal flaw.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Certainly not a great movie, for it as its flaws, but as far as remakes go -- and this technically is a remake -- it's pretty good.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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