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25th Hour Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.
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Newsday
May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2003
Pretty lethargic stuff.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 10, 2003
It's the usual undisciplined, overextended Spike symphony: more fun than it is any good.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 10, 2003
Lee has created that rarity in filmmaking: a movie we need, right now.
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 10, 2003
An intriguing misfire that nonetheless holds our interest, keeping us wondering about the movie that might have been.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 10, 2003
The first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 10, 2003
Lee overloads a featherweight story with pretentious subtext and showy technique.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 10, 2003
Well-acted but badly miscalculated.
| Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 10, 2003
The film doesn't reach a climax per se. But it's not conventionally inert, either.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 10, 2003
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 10, 2003
25th Hour should have stopped at 24.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 10, 2003
The film is unusual for not having a plot or a payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 9, 2003
It could have been more taut, could have been harder, but 25th Hour still resonates with power and poetry.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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+
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January 9, 2003
Norton and Lee make a great team.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 9, 2003
Flawed but formidable.
| Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2003
Lee is firing on all cylinders, and the actors match his energy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 9, 2003
A superb film.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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December 23, 2002
At its best, 25th Hour is a melancholy tone poem, deeply affecting in its mute apprehension of loss.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 23, 2002
As strong as the supporting cast is, Edward Norton really carries this film to a special status with his riveting performance.
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Jeff Stark
Salon.com
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.
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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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 19, 2002
Spike's best since Do the Right Thing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
See it for Edward Norton, who does his usual job of turning sackcloth into satin.
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 19, 2002
If 25th Hour does not quite work as a plausible and coherent story, it produces a wrenching, dazzling succession of moods.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2002
In making The 25th Hour, Spike Lee brought all his trademark hard sell but none of his passion or purpose.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 17, 2002
Held together in the vise of a powerful script.
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David Rooney
Variety
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.