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Bamboozled Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
People's feelings run too strongly and deeply for any satirical use [of blackface] to be effective. The power of the racist image tramples over the material and asserts only itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Lee's heavy-handed approach turns Bamboozled into a tedious and overlong polemic. This is sledgehammer satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
Large chunks of the film are unnecessary.
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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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.
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
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lee's satire on American TV is an intriguing failure.
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
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
By the halfway mark, the din of self-righteousness begins to drown out much of the movie's stinging wit.
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
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
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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Nothing Lee has done is as flashy or as mucked up as Bamboozled.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Visually drab and ultimately done in by a heavy- handedness no prettier to ponder.
| Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Goes too far in the wrong direction and not far enough where you want it to.
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John Anderson
January 1, 2000
Subtlety, thy name is not Spike Lee.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Great set-up. Lousy follow-through.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Unfunny scarcely covers it; Lee's ideas are cherry bombs indiscriminately thrown, and the resulting mess is arduous.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
The fact that Lee has some compelling and interesting points to make can't make up for the movie's sluggishness, artlessness and lack of anything like originality.
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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