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Passing Strange Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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-
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 21, 2009
Moving, thrilling and new.
Read More | Original Score: 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
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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.
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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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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 17, 2009
The cutting is hyperkinetic, yet Lee is always in synch with the cast's phenomenal energy. He's in their thrall -- and so are we.