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Shaft Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Is this a good movie? Not exactly; too much of it is on automatic pilot, as it must be, to satisfy the fans of the original Shaft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
To paraphrase the title song, that Shaft is one bad ... movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Shaft quickly splits into two different movies, and only one of them fully succeeds.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 1, 2013
Packs a ton of style and solid laughs, but in the end, it's mostly a hollow experience...
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Shaft is a parody of itself but doesn't even realize it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
Jackson strives mightily to unify the story, but the job is too much for him. Once again a studio action movie went before the camera before the script was ready.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
We know we are watching a Shaft movie without even looking up at the screen, as we tune into the wah-wah funk sound of Isaac Hayes' exponential title theme ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The story becomes a mess about halfway through.
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Shawn Levy
January 1, 2000
If all you require of an evening's entertainment is a constant flow of four- and 12-letter swear words, Shaft is your man.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
A messy, slapdash remake of Gordon Parks' overheated and overrated 1971 blaxploitation cash-in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 1, 2000
A film that was meant to make us all feel cool, just leaves everyone cold.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000
It's Giuliani time.
Top Critic
Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
[Covers] too many bases.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Even with a great actor living out his own fantasy inside the character, we need more play and less bloodsport to make it inviting for the rest of us.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 68/100
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
A choppy and uneven viewing experience.
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