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Shaft Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
| Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
[Covers] too many bases.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The surprise is that the movie doesn't just rely on Jackson. Shaft has everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Its sheer balls-out bravado is often brutally funny.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Whenever he [Jackson] isn't on the screen -- which isn't much -- the movie flags.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
Few stars of late have displayed more sheer joy in a mainstream project than Jackson does here.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A decent popcorn movie.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
If nothing else, Shaft is spicy fast food.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Singleton shows enough in Shaft to indicate he can make this kind of motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Finally, someone has remembered how to remake a slick, bang-bang action movie.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Sleek, urgent, knowing, gleefully profane and above all ultra-cool, Shaft blows into the summer movie season like a breath of fresh air.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's fun and a good deal better than the fondly remembered original.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
The current version tries awfully hard but with little success to create a Shaft for this day and age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Shaft pushes our buttons which means it's something that has been next to unheard-of this year: reasonably rousing screen entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
What really clicks are some of the stars.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The story becomes a mess about halfway through.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It's hard to remember so unapologetically flamboyant a movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
This new Shaft has the stuff to grab its audience in a big way, maybe even opening up a new franchise.
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David Germain
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
A slight but entertaining update.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
John Singleton may have been the youngest director ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, but I wouldn't exactly call him a natural-born filmmaker.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Unlike other summer movies, the action here mostly is as real and rugged as bullets and fists.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The potency of [Jackson's] performance is almost enough to save this Y2K update of the black private dick from erectile dysfunction, but not quite.
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Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
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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