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BlacKkKlansman Reviews

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August 28, 2018
Ultimately that lack of subtlety and the awkwardness hurts this movie a lot.
May 18, 2018
Alongside this jarring tonal mishmash, Lee seems to have forgotten to throw any filmmaking smarts at the movie, which results in scenes that peter out, poorly edited musical choices, ugly split-screen, and a truly bizarre shot selection...
September 7, 2018
Part of the blank quality of the film's hero might be due to the fact that the actor playing him, John David Washington, handsome son of Denzel Washington, is too poker-faced in his delivery.
August 17, 2018
Here, as in 25th Hour, Lee often deviates from the plot. However, the difference is that here the appendices underline what the movie transmits... to remind us that behind the film there is a Message, with a capital letter. [Full review in Spanish]
August 23, 2018
I view it in a longer conversation with the artist...there's a version of this that is incredibly tight and thematically consistent...but this movie is baggy, and it disappointed me...it just hung around, messing with different styles.
August 26, 2018
The film might have had a wider impact if Lee has resisted grandstanding and allowed Stallworth's tale to speak for itself.
August 12, 2018
The savagery that Lee is capable of shaved down for a demographic that aren't accustomed to the evolving, bold electricity of Do the Right Thing or Bamboozled and instead in many ways resembles something closer to a Saturday Night Live sketch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 17, 2018
Cluttered and awkward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2018
By trying to stir audiences into righteous indignation about race, Spike Lee fails to include elements that might make his film entertaining - such as plot, character development, romance, action and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2018
If the movie aims to make complacent white people feel uncomfortable about their role in the current American turmoil, it fails spectacularly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 29, 2018
Spike Lee has turned in a pro-cop film has to be counted one of the stranger cultural developments of 2018, but Lee seems to have accidentally aligned with cops in the course of issuing an anti-Trump broadside.
October 17, 2018
What would it have taken for Spike Lee to go balls to the walls like he did on his best film "Do The Right Thing"? We'll never know.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 15, 2018
The Lee touches are there, yes, but missing from BlackKklansman is the temerity to touch the live wire, the feeling of dangerous imperative. He has found a remarkable subject, but only skimmed its surface.
August 10, 2018
Disappointingly erratic and rarely engrossing...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 10, 2018
Lee's film about Stallworth & Flip taking on Duke and the KKK is akin to the Keystone Kops taking on the Three Stooges...unfortunately, Lee's polemic-ism eschews comedy and portrays their bungling efforts as heroic, which is hard to buy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
November 6, 2018
BlacKkKlansman is a poor detective tale and simple-minded Millennial noir because Stallworth's exposť of a sect of American racists and terrorist (all unhealthy-looking white miscreants) never feels like discovery, just a continuation of his hip cynicism.
August 8, 2018
Structurally flawed, conceptually challenged and tonally troubled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 12, 2018
With a great narrative, stunning visuals, compelling leads and sobering themes, BlacKkKlansman is a uniquely powerful experience, perfect for today's socio-political climate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 10, 2018
BlacKkKlansman raises some interesting questions about the cost of denying one's heritage and whether it is possible to change a flawed system from the inside out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 9, 2018
I can just imagine a white couple--in their tiny bubble of perfect living--deciding to see that "comedy about a black guy joining the KKK". Little did they know their bubble would soon be popped by Lee, whose finger is pointed directly at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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