25th Hour Reviews

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June 29, 2020
Another un-Spike Spike Lee joint, and probably Lee's greatest film that doesn't deal head-on with the matter of race.
March 16, 2020
Spike Lee's latest-his 20th feature including TV work-is at long last the raging masterpiece many have suspected him capable of. 25th Hour eclipses everything he's done before, including Do the Right Thing...
February 1, 2019
This sprawling and ecletic work from Spike Lee has, in a sense, more going for it in the ragged fringes of its story than in its slightly awkward, pre-determined centre.
October 31, 2018
A reminder of how human beings can lose their humanity in the face of grief and tragedy but can find it again through helping others rather than turning a blind eye. It's an important work of art.
January 3, 2018
It's an odd movie, maybe odder than it should have been if this is Lee's attempt to make a more widely accessible, less issue-based movie.
September 12, 2017
If you're in any way a Spike Lee fan, check this out.
August 19, 2017
Profoundly suffused with an aura of loss.
January 10, 2016
there is still plenty of angst saturating the film
July 18, 2014
Spike Lee's furiously melancholy drama about life and dread in post-9/11 New York City.
January 2, 2011
Engaging but violent drama. Not for kids.
September 7, 2010
Finds beauty in the silver linings and embodies the notion that we're stronger than we usually realize we can be.
July 6, 2010
An under-rated gem, 25th Hour is a powerful story about how the decisions you make in your life, and who you make them with, can ultimately lead to your downfall.
April 29, 2009
One of Spike Lee's best films...
February 18, 2009
Lee successfully, seamlessly marries his famously inventive visual style with more introspective material.
August 7, 2008
Lee builds Monty's story of tortured introspection and his final surprising, desperate act before incarceration through boldly candid conversations and flashbacks.
December 27, 2007
July 23, 2007
Perhaps Lee's most consistently compelling work since Clockers.
December 30, 2006
One of the more entertaining and thought-provoking Spike Lee Joints in a long while.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.
March 22, 2005
'Spike Lee's love of New York, unlike Woody Allen's, has always been more tough than tender.'
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