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Passing Strange Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
January 13, 2010
It's a joyous production; the music is alive and dynamic, the skits are clever and funny and self-effacing and the show crackles with energy...
Louis Proyect
December 7, 2009
Interesting that one of the best movies of the year is a filming of a play. That's a sad commentary on Hollywood but sufficient reason to see this uplifting and very witty movie.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 2, 2009
Lee doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to filming live theater, but he moves the camera artfully and edits with an energy that matches the music. And he makes good use of close-ups, capturing the sweaty faces of a troupe of remarkable performers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 10, 2009
Although more of a stage play than a film this performance has great acting and great music combined with a heart felt message.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
September 8, 2009
A rousing, emotional roller coaster that's a must see not just for fans of rock musicals but those with an eye (and an ear) for something unusual - compellingly so.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 21, 2009
You'll probably have to resist the urge to stand up and cheer with the onscreen audience during the emotional curtain call.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 21, 2009
Spike Lee's Passing Strange: The Movie is basically canned musical theater, but this is one Tony-winning Broadway show that's well worth preserving and seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 21, 2009
The invigorating result, zestily edited by Lee's own inside iron man, Barry Brown, is in every way a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine
August 21, 2009
If you passed up the opportunity to catch this Tony-award winning rock musical during its Broadway run, don't make the same mistake with Spike Lee's vibrant film adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 21, 2009
Moving, thrilling and new.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Clay Cane
August 21, 2009
Passing Strange adds to Spike Lee's visionary resume and his eye for fresh talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
August 21, 2009
Tender, sexy , funny, moving and profound, Passing Strange bears comparison not just to the great works of the American musical theatre but to literary landmarks like James Baldwin's Another Country and (especially) Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Harvey S. Karten
August 20, 2009
There's much to admire, like the energy and Swiss-watch timing of the players, though this remains a photographed play and not a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2009
Film version of a fresh and spunky Broadway musical about a young black man's quest for self-understanding and creative expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jesse Hassenger
August 20, 2009
a cross between a PBS-style special and a concert movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 20, 2009
I can't single out a performance. This is a superb ensemble, conveying that joy actors feel when hey know they're good in good material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 20, 2009
A worthy public record of a show most people nationwide didn't get the chance to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 19, 2009
Like Lee, the artist formerly known as Mark Stewart possesses a powerful and singular voice, one he uses to express vividly his own unique experience of growing up as a black man in America.
Edward Douglas
August 19, 2009
If you didn't have a chance to see it on stage, Spike Lee's movie really is the next best thing to being there.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
Passing Strange conjures a rare kind of theatrical magic with its emotionally raw, frequently euphoric portrait of the artist as a young man.
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