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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
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
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
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
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Spike Lee's back, with a vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
You won't look at race onscreen the same way again.
Xan Brooks
Sight and Sound
May 30, 2001
Yes, Bamboozled is a picture of genuine importance. Yes, it is also crude, unstable and hazardous.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
Even amid the overload of foul imagery, Lee creates scenes so rich in meaning and implication that they achieve a kind of terrible beauty.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Savage, abrasive, audacious and confrontational, Bamboozled is the work of a master provocateur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
The result is blunt but powerful, if only because the imagery it decries is so hateful.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Bamboozled may not be the year's best movie, but it's undoubtedly the most important.
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Dennis Michael
January 1, 2000
Glover is remarkable. His performances are fiery and charismatic, and the internal conflicts he brings to the blackface act are visible both in his acting and dancing performances.
Dave White
January 1, 2000
Louder than a bomb -- and just as explosive and messy -- Bamboozled doesn't always hit its mark, but it keeps on firing.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Its shelf life may not be long, nor will it probably be a big hit, since the laughter it provokes is the kind that makes you squirm. But that's what good satire is supposed to do.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 1, 2000
A near masterpiece ambiguously balanced between brilliance and incoherence.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee's Bamboozled would be a daring movie no matter the year, but its timing at the tail end of 2000 is impeccable.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/5
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