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BlacKkKlansman Reviews

August 28, 2018
A kitchen sink and kaleidoscopic study of cultural and institutional racism in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 14, 2018
Stallworth recognizes that "white voice" is a seductive fiction, like many of the customs of association cherished within the K.K.K.
August 13, 2018
For all its revelations of racist rot at the core of American society, Lee also offers a clear, specific, and wondrous, if wary, view of change that's possible because, at one time and to some extent, it actually happened.
August 13, 2018
Lee would contend, I guess, that the sober approach will no longer suffice-that the age we inhabit is too drunk on its own craziness. He has a point.
August 13, 2018
An entertaining jaunt through the '70s, with some dutiful grappling over the enduring question of race in America thrown in...
August 10, 2018
A masterful tension of "I'm going to make you laugh, and I'm also going to make you feel really weird and uneasy".
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 10, 2018
This is one of his best films because he marries the anger and intensity with the restraint and poetry that he's so good at visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 10, 2018
Not since Bamboozled has a Spike Lee joint been this blunt and tightly rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 10, 2018
Veering from a blaxploitation spoof to an undercover thriller and ending with a no-punches-pulled real-life coda, BlacKkKlansman is riotously fun one minute, savagely biting the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 10, 2018
Lee heightens the nervy tone with strong visuals, juxtaposing a '70s blaxploitation aesthetic with the Klan's suffocating suburban décor. The jumps keeps you off balance, and engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 10, 2018
Lee's overarching point... is that we have not come very far at all from the early 1970s. His aesthetic in BlacKkKlansman is that, in making of movies that matter, we have moved beyond the niceties of normal dramatic strategies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 10, 2018
This freewheeling account of an African-American cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970s is problematic as narrative drama, but stunning as provocation.
August 10, 2018
Lee shifts from silly spoof to dramatic chill in a heartbeat. As an entertainment that milks its audience's outrage against racism, BlacKkKlansman works exceedingly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 10, 2018
Lee is a true auteur, and at 61, he remains a defiant, daring, gutsy, visionary filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 9, 2018
BlacKkKlansman captures the absurd aspects of this story, while still drawing parallels that make the movie feel urgent and dishearteningly relevant. For that reason, it's among Lee's best films in some time.
Top Critic
August 9, 2018
There's serious tension in BlackkKlansman's situation, and the film embraces the shifts in mood with shifts in filmmaking style that allow Lee to couch his arguments in a kind of shorthand history of Hollywood's treatment of race.
August 9, 2018
It is viscerally exciting, fun and saddening all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 9, 2018
It's not pretty, which is one reason for the touches of comedy: Sometimes you need to laugh to keep from screaming.
Top Critic
August 9, 2018
BlacKkKlansman uses history to illustrate how we're repeating it.
August 9, 2018
Set in the late 1970s but informed by the here and now, it's fuelled by righteous anger against racial hatred and anti-Semitism, leavened by scathing wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 9, 2018
BlacKkKlansman is one of Spike Lee's most accomplished films in recent memory, and one of the best films of 2018.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 9, 2018
Don't sleep on this movie.
August 9, 2018
Rather than letting the audience reassure themselves that the story is rooted in the past, Lee firmly points the film's conclusion to the present, and to the future.
August 9, 2018
One of the director's strongest yet most entertaining works in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2018
Spike Lee returns to form with a true-life story that works as comedy, crime drama and political alarm-bell all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2018
So, it has come to this. Spike Lee is relevant again. He's necessary again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2018
If you don't like Lee's oeuvre or are offended by openly political movies, this isn't the film for you. Others will find in BlacKkKlansman an opportunity to consider and reflect on the questions that Lee isn't afraid to pose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2018
Its fiery message couldn't be more timely - and its rage more justified.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 8, 2018
Lee wants to explain how images in popular culture have social and political consequences-a vital message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2018
It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years, from composer Terence Blanchard... It's a Spike Lee joint that is not to be missed.
August 8, 2018
You leave this film shaken, remembering what happened not so very long ago in the name of "very fine people on both sides."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2018
"BlacKkKlansman" announces from the jump that viewers are in for a lush, sensory treat as Lee plays with the film vernacular he's manipulated so adroitly and expressively for three decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2018
Spike Lee's hellraiser about a black cop who infiltrated the KKK in the 1970s is also an incendiary indictment of our current Trump moment and one of the best films of the year. A cinema giant has found his voice again and the power to make it heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 7, 2018
[Lee] is firing on all cylinders here. BlacKkKlansman is a true conversation starter, and probably a conversation ender as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 7, 2018
Lee doesn't do subtlety. But the movie is very entertaining and comes with a stupendous, lushly melodic score by Terence Blanchard.
August 7, 2018
"BlacKkKlansman" is a sobering, affecting commentary on right now, yet it's also a thrilling celebration of real brotherhood - and not one of hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2018
Spike Lee's new film empowers audiences to stand up for change. Talking isn't enough; you must do the right thing.
August 7, 2018
[Lee] is not only still on fire but has found a story that allows him to be as excited and involved as he was when it all began.
August 6, 2018
"BlacKkKlansman" is Spike Lee's best movie in years, bringing together everything that makes him such a dynamic, exciting, urgent filmmaker - as well as some of what can drive you crazy about him, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 15, 2018
BlacKkKlansman, is quintessential Spike Lee, impassioned and messy and vital as anything he's done in decades.
May 15, 2018
It was history written with lightning. BlaKkKlansman is a deafening roll of the thunder we've been waiting for ever since.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 15, 2018
I don't know that I've ever seen a movie exploit its tonal mismatches so voraciously and purposefully.
Top Critic
May 15, 2018
Rat-a-tat zeitgeist entertainment that feels as timely as breaking news.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 15, 2018
If "BlacKkKlansman" is not above turning its characters into mouthpieces for its ideas, it wards off excessive didacticism by giving those ideas a heady flow and a sustained pulse. There's real, expressive joy in its anger.
May 15, 2018
This is an angry film as well as a hugely entertaining one, and Lee has complete control over its shifting tone, minute by minute.
May 15, 2018
Lee's most flat-out entertaining film in quite a long time, as well as his most commercial.
May 14, 2018
Lee never takes his eye off the connecting thread between the events of 1978 and the present. The result is one of his most flat-out entertaining films in years, and also one of his most uncompromising.
May 14, 2018
As much a compelling black empowerment story as it is an electrifying commentary on the problems of African-American representation across more than a century of cinema.