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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Critic Consensus: BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.

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From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award (R) winning Get Out.

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John David Washington
as Ron Stallworth
Adam Driver
as Flip Zimmerman
Topher Grace
as David Duke

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (9)

BlacKkKlansman, is quintessential Spike Lee, impassioned and messy and vital as anything he's done in decades.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…
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It was history written with lightning. BlaKkKlansman is a deafening roll of the thunder we've been waiting for ever since.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I don't know that I've ever seen a movie exploit its tonal mismatches so voraciously and purposefully.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

We need its anger right now.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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If "BlacKkKlansman" is not above turning its characters into mouthpieces for its ideas, it wards off excessive didacticism by giving those ideas a heady flow and a sustained pulse. There's real, expressive joy in its anger.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

This is an angry film as well as a hugely entertaining one, and Lee has complete control over its shifting tone, minute by minute.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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