Passing Strange Reviews

November 8, 2016
Hugely entertaining, poignant, funny and thoughtful.
November 17, 2011
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.
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.
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.
August 21, 2009
The invigorating result, zestily edited by Lee's own inside iron man, Barry Brown, is in every way a knockout.
August 21, 2009
Moving, thrilling and new.
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.
August 20, 2009
A worthy public record of a show most people nationwide didn't get the chance to see.
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.
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.
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.