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Bamboozled Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 26, 2015
Spike Lee's sharp, riotous satire, from 2000, zeroes in on the grotesque misrepresentation of blacks in American media-and their underrepresentation in the corporate offices that control it.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 23, 2010
Provocative Spike Lee movie for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 8, 2009
Lee, in his least commercial film, shoots for controversy but loses focus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 23, 2008
This is basically sloppy, all-over-the-map filmmaking with few hints of self-criticism and few genuine laughs.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Spike Lee's shotgun attack on the treatment of blacks in television and the blurring of image and identity is a brilliant rant that digresses into repetitive sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
A particularly painful mess, because it begins so well and has such promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
If Mr. Lee meant to bring back blackface entertainment as a metaphor for the current black performers he finds obnoxious, he has miscalculated.
Mark Bourne
April 6, 2006
...where most of us in his audience will lean forward to hear a whisper, we turn away from a shout. Oh, how Bamboozled shouts.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lee's satire on American TV is an intriguing failure.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The director's new masterpiece is a summation of nearly everything he has learned as a filmmaker, and about black culture, but he doesn't feel the need to beat the audience over the head for each lesson he's trying to impart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 21, 2004
Lee's basing the movie in satire was a smart move because in it he can push the envelope harder than drama or straight comedy would have allowed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
He hammers his point home until the viewer is emotionally beaten into submission and manipulated into a consenting stance.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Spike Lee has made one of the few films in the year 2000 that is actually about something, and for that he deserves great credit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Extremely heavy-handed satire from director Spike Lee -- disturbing and thought-provoking but ultimately lacking a sense of focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2002
A passionate movie bursting with ideas, but it's also a huge mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Spike Lee's back, with a vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 30, 2002
Empty-headed and unspeakably undisciplined... [the] question bears asking: Has Spike Lee -- the living, breathing antithesis of subtlety -- gone completely insane?
Full Review | Original Score: F
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
It is an inspired but difficult film that poses many questions and takes almost everyone to task, yet offers few suggestions as to what is to be done with this infamous legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
At his best, Spike Lee is too brave to be subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
By relaxing and opening up his approach just a little he could have said much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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