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Bamboozled Reviews

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.
September 23, 2008
This is basically sloppy, all-over-the-map filmmaking with few hints of self-criticism and few genuine laughs.
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.
January 26, 2006
Lee's satire on American TV is an intriguing failure.
March 19, 2002
At his best, Spike Lee is too brave to be subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 4, 2001
You won't look at race onscreen the same way again.
January 1, 2000
Nothing Lee has done is as flashy or as mucked up as Bamboozled.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
Visually drab and ultimately done in by a heavy- handedness no prettier to ponder.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A rousing, vital, important experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
It's been a long time since I've seen a movie that made me feel, think, laugh and cry -- often simultaneously.
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
Unfunny scarcely covers it; Lee's ideas are cherry bombs indiscriminately thrown, and the resulting mess is arduous.
January 1, 2000
Great set-up. Lousy follow-through.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
A movie destined to educate, infuriate, shame and galvanize all who see it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
It's a movie that both entertains and provokes -- would we expect anything less from Spike Lee?
January 1, 2000
Features scenes that are strong, confrontational and flat-out brave enough to salve the frustration of sketchy characters and a narrative that spirals out of control.
January 1, 2000
Bamboozled may not be the year's best movie, but it's undoubtedly the most important.
January 1, 2000
Bamboozled is startling and uncomfortable.
January 1, 2000
The work of a filmmaker completely in control of his craft and determined to say things not everyone wants to hear.
January 1, 2000
Certainly provocative, but the movie smacks mostly of sour grapes.
January 1, 2000
What the movie lacks in clarity, it makes up for in honesty, toughness, relentlessness and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
The shortfall in Bamboozled stems from Lee trying to encompass too much, with too many subplots and a far from optimum choice of targets.
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
January 1, 2000
Occasionally biting but excessively melodramatic.
January 1, 2000
Only sporadically entertaining, always uncomfortable, but arguably as important and brilliant as Do the Right Thing or Malcolm X.
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.
January 1, 2000
Poor Mantan Moreland and Hattie McDaniel and all the rest are made to take the rap in this movie for contributing to a legacy of racist degradation. One would think, given what they were up against, that a bit more sympathy might be shown to these people.
January 1, 2000
What makes Bamboozled so exasperating ... is the hypocrisy and muddled thinking that eventually turn the film into an endurance test for the audience.
January 1, 2000
Subtlety, thy name is not Spike Lee.
January 1, 2000
A near masterpiece ambiguously balanced between brilliance and incoherence.
January 1, 2000
For all its messiness and meandering ... Bamboozled is impossible to dismiss.
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.
January 1, 2000
A seriously schizophrenic work made up of two incompatible movies.
January 1, 2000
The most outrageous and disturbing movie Spike Lee has made to date, Bamboozled works only about half the time, perhaps even less.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5