Bamboozled Reviews

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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.
June 4, 2001
You won't look at race onscreen the same way again.
April 16, 2001
The mix of comedy and hard-hitting outrage sits uneasily, and two-dimensional characters and performances (Wayans and Rapaport spring to mind, though Pinkett delivers a rigorous integrity) are further impediments as the film increases in hysteria.
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
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
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
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
What the movie lacks in clarity, it makes up for in honesty, toughness, relentlessness and passion.
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
A movie destined to educate, infuriate, shame and galvanize all who see it.
January 1, 2000
Visually drab and ultimately done in by a heavy- handedness no prettier to ponder.
January 1, 2000
It's a movie that both entertains and provokes -- would we expect anything less from Spike Lee?
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
Great set-up. Lousy follow-through.
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.
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