25th Hour - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

25th Hour Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 10, 2003
Lee overloads a featherweight story with pretentious subtext and showy technique.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2002
The story line is flaccid and episodic, the direction lacks vitality, and the observations are mundane.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2002
There are two films at war in director Spike Lee's newest feature 25th Hour, one uninteresting, the other an epic of near-tragic miscalculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 10, 2003
25th Hour has a lot of problems, but chief amongst them is the persistent feeling that Lee is just treading water, by trading on past glories and larding in celebrity appearances in the hope of actually selling a few tickets for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
December 23, 2002
A pungent, mostly well-acted tale of one man's forced emotional steeling... in which Lee again proves himself a bungler of graceful denouements and points made softly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremiah Kipp
December 18, 2002
Maybe Spike Lee's response to 9-11 is shellshock and confusion, but that's not enough to build his latest movie on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
December 23, 2002
How can so much talent be so utterly, utterly wasted on this weak material?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 22, 2003
Ao descartar qualquer sinal de sutileza em seu trabalho, Spike Lee dilui o drama de seu protagonista em um oceano de sofrimento.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 10, 2016
there is still plenty of angst saturating the film
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 19, 2002
The latest movie to prove that, for all his talent and ability to attract excellent actors, director Spike Lee has to quit overstuffing his narratives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 10, 2003
If there was ever a filmmaker in need of someone who could tell him where and when to stop, what to leave in and what to take out, it would be Spike Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2003
Pretty lethargic stuff.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 7, 2003
...contains moments so raw, lyrical and playfully alert to the limitless possibilities of filmmaking that it takes a day or two to figure out the flick just ain't very good.
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
January 10, 2003
Couldn't have been more generic if it tried.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Chuck Rudolph
Slant Magazine
December 14, 2002
The various elements of 25th Hour are invariably provocative, but the husk of the story isn't up to the challenge.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 11, 2003
An episodically interesting but ultimately failed effort boasting fine performances and a good score by Spike Lee stalwart Terence Blanchard.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
January 10, 2003
Spike Lee goes from inspired gutsiness to pretentious gooeyness, as if Eminem turned into Alan Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
January 14, 2003
With all the great actors and social commentary going for it, 25th Day fails due to Spike's inability to trust the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
January 18, 2003
Features a number of scenes of individual power that, ultimately, do not add up to a film of the same level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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