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25th Hour Reviews

Top Critic
February 9, 2006
While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.
Top Critic
May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2003
I still think that Mr. Lee has come closer than he ever has before to making the great film about New York City that David Thomson hoped from him in a favorable mini-bio in The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.
January 18, 2003
Lee and his cast are so adept at getting us acquainted with Monty and these other people that we wind up feeling like we've known them for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 13, 2003
Pretty lethargic stuff.
January 10, 2003
It's the usual undisciplined, overextended Spike symphony: more fun than it is any good.
January 10, 2003
Lee has created that rarity in filmmaking: a movie we need, right now.
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
January 10, 2003
An intriguing misfire that nonetheless holds our interest, keeping us wondering about the movie that might have been.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 10, 2003
The first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 10, 2003
Lee overloads a featherweight story with pretentious subtext and showy technique.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 10, 2003
The movie hums with a vibrant energy, which is powered by the terrific ensemble cast and the glowing cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
Well-acted but badly miscalculated.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 10, 2003
The film doesn't reach a climax per se. But it's not conventionally inert, either.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
January 10, 2003
25th Hour should have stopped at 24.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2003
The film is unusual for not having a plot or a payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 9, 2003
It's a long, complex, deeply flawed work -- and also quite possibly Lee's most ambitious and accusatory movie since Do the Right Thing in 1989.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 9, 2003
It could have been more taut, could have been harder, but 25th Hour still resonates with power and poetry.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2003
[Lee's] movies still have plenty on their mind. And they're not afraid to talk about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 9, 2003
Norton and Lee make a great team.
January 9, 2003
Flawed but formidable.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 9, 2003
Lee is firing on all cylinders, and the actors match his energy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2003
A superb film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 3, 2003
Lee, as he did in Malcolm X and Clockers, makes his hero's dread palpable, and though 25th Hour lacks the glittering brilliance of those films, I was held by the toughness and pity of Lee's gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 23, 2002
At its best, 25th Hour is a melancholy tone poem, deeply affecting in its mute apprehension of loss.
December 23, 2002
As strong as the supporting cast is, Edward Norton really carries this film to a special status with his riveting performance.
December 20, 2002
A clumsy, oh-well story about the moral quandary of a drug-dealing recidivist who more or less deserves to go to jail.
December 19, 2002
The story line is flaccid and episodic, the direction lacks vitality, and the observations are mundane.
December 19, 2002
Spike's best since Do the Right Thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
See it for Edward Norton, who does his usual job of turning sackcloth into satin.
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
December 19, 2002
If 25th Hour does not quite work as a plausible and coherent story, it produces a wrenching, dazzling succession of moods.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
December 18, 2002
In making The 25th Hour, Spike Lee brought all his trademark hard sell but none of his passion or purpose.
December 18, 2002
Not a happy experience, and there are times when it seems to drag, but there's no denying that it lingers in the mind long after the impressions left by other movies have evaporated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2002
Held together in the vise of a powerful script.
December 16, 2002
Character-driven pic provides strong opportunities for a fine ensemble of actors and for Lee, maintaining his signature style, to depart from his regular ethnic territory ... and to deliver one of his more interesting recent films.