25th Hour Reviews

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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.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.
July 8, 2003
A turgid, bombastic and outrageously self-satisfied movie.
June 6, 2003
Superbly acted, as you would expect, it's also rich in moral nuance. Doing the right thing is not as simple in his films as it once was.
Top Critic
May 28, 2003
April 26, 2003
25th Hour is the first film I've seen that explicitly catches the grief of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11.
February 18, 2003
Lee's best picture in years.
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.
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.
January 10, 2003
An intriguing misfire that nonetheless holds our interest, keeping us wondering about the movie that might have been.
January 10, 2003
The first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
January 10, 2003
Lee overloads a featherweight story with pretentious subtext and showy technique.
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.
January 10, 2003
Well-acted but badly miscalculated.
January 10, 2003
The film doesn't reach a climax per se. But it's not conventionally inert, either.
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.
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