Reviews

Mar 23, 2020
Audacious, vibrant, unsurprisingly maligned but frequently brilliant.
Oct 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.
Sep 23, 2010
Provocative Spike Lee movie for older teens.
Sep 23, 2008
This is basically sloppy, all-over-the-map filmmaking with few hints of self-criticism and few genuine laughs.
Apr 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.
Jan 26, 2006
Lee's satire on American TV is an intriguing failure.
Jun 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.
Mar 19, 2002
At his best, Spike Lee is too brave to be subtle.
Jun 4, 2001
You won't look at race onscreen the same way again.
May 30, 2001
Yes, Bamboozled is a picture of genuine importance. Yes, it is also crude, unstable and hazardous.
Apr 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.
Apr 9, 2001
The question of where ethnic comedy stops and cruel stereotype begins also gets lost as the cast improv well beyond any given scene's point, and it can all end only with a contrived last act of kidnappings and shoot-outs with the cops.
Jan 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.
Jan 1, 2000
Subtlety, thy name is not Spike Lee.
Jan 1, 2000
A seriously schizophrenic work made up of two incompatible movies.
Jan 1, 2000
For all its messiness and meandering ... Bamboozled is impossible to dismiss.
Jan 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.
Jan 1, 2000
Unfunny scarcely covers it; Lee's ideas are cherry bombs indiscriminately thrown, and the resulting mess is arduous.
Jan 1, 2000
Savage, abrasive, audacious and confrontational, Bamboozled is the work of a master provocateur.
Jan 1, 2000
A rousing, vital, important experience.