Chi-Raq Reviews

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February 13, 2020
It's not Spike Lee's job to come up with solutions. His job is to engage our imaginations and stimulate our minds. It's up to us to be smart enough and strong enough to solve these problems.
January 13, 2020
It's inspiring to see a talent of Lee's caliber swing for the fences. Chi-Raq may not be perfect, but I can't stop thinking about it.
November 13, 2019
Overall, Chi-Raq is easily Spike Lee's most daring feature - a highly energetic film that not only shines a light on American gang culture, but puts a feminist spin on pacifism.
July 2, 2019
Lee is back with Chi-Raq, his most powerful and boisterous movie in years.
May 8, 2019
Chi-raq is powerful, even heart-breaking stuff wrapped in a dark, hip-hop musical comedy.
March 14, 2019
Utterly unafraid to point its finger, Chi-Raq is nothing less than a rousing success.
December 14, 2018
Spike Lee has a way of making anger incredibly thoughtful as well as entertaining.
November 19, 2018
Through music, celebrity and sheer pizzazz, Chi-Raq uses every weapon in its arsenal to get cinema-goers to reflect on the state of the nation. Urgent, clever and a lot of fun, Spike Lee's latest is a classic in the making.
November 3, 2018
Lee's latest may be the epitome of a hot mess, but it's one we need now more than ever.
October 10, 2018
By seemingly sidelining narrative coherence to bring forth its themes, the film offers an experience that is both special and irritating (and often at the same time).
August 23, 2018
This film is an insult to black women.
August 22, 2018
It's a too-long, high-wire act of a film, using rap in place of dialogue, and occasionally it hits the ground. But when it works, wow.
August 22, 2018
The story and language are harsh but realistic. Even if you find this blunt imagery offensive, make no mistake, it creates a necessary and powerful message.
August 9, 2018
Everything about Chi-Raq exudes exuberance: the movement of the camera; the West Side Story-style choreography of the two rival factions; the delight the actors display in tearing into their dialogue.
October 17, 2017
I love the anger, the comedy and the use of music but untangling the moral rights and wrongs is a nightmare, with Lysistrata's story of female empowerment sitting uncomfortably with the casual misogyny and sexism.
September 12, 2017
[Chi-Raq] is an in-your-face explosion of anger and vitality.
August 9, 2017
This is no mere thought experiment. Can satire stop a bullet? Likely not. But it can provoke those of us who haven't, and can.
July 25, 2017
A wild-eyed, bumpily syncopated symphony in purple and gold, Chi-Raq is ragged and binary, for sure. It also is colorful in every way that our culture needs right now.
June 26, 2017
Chi-Raq 's goofy satirical humor keeps it feeling fresh and smart. But it works better as a lament, and a call to action.
December 27, 2016
It's a mess. But it makes an impression. Chi-Raq has the force of topical-art inevitability. If it didn't exist, you feel, someone would have had to invent it.
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