Chi-Raq Reviews

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August 23, 2018
This film is an insult to black women.
December 6, 2016
There's genuine outrage behind Lee's angry blast of hip-hop agitprop, and his fury has good cause... Unfortunately, his film is also a gaudy mess.
December 4, 2016
This overlong picture is already repetitive and unfocused by the second act; by the third, it has made its point a thousand times over.
December 2, 2016
Frenzied, dazzling and finally empty.
November 30, 2016
In its lesser moments, though, the film plays like a bad student revue.
November 23, 2016
Chi-Raq tries hard but somehow doesn't hit the bullseye.
June 2, 2016
This overlong concept-film/disquisition mostly misfires. Its heart-on-sleeve power gets muddled by its confusion of brash with blatant and politics with polemics. There's much pronouncement and protestation; docu-realism's mixed up with too-broad farce.
April 9, 2016
An unwieldy and frequently tasteless mishmash of gang violence, socioeconomics, and sexual politics.
March 30, 2016
Ultimately, this is neither tragedy nor farce. Anybody know the Greek word for boredom?
February 21, 2016
There is no story, beyond this simplest stand-off set up, no character development, no sign of any other life.
December 7, 2015
You long for "Chi-Raq" to succeed. Sad to report, it's an awkward affair, stringing out its tearful scenes of mourning, and going wildly astray with its lurches into farce.
December 4, 2015
An angry and audacious addition to [Spike Lee's] oeuvre, spinning heavy-handed drama, slapstick comedy and pointed music into a cacophony of message.
December 4, 2015
Lee is really letting it rip here. And although in a variety of ways Chi-Raq is overbearing and stilted, the thing is so unusual you can't help keeping your eyes glued to the screen.
December 4, 2015
Lee's hallmarks are on view in Chi-Raq, his ambitious and often apt adaptation of Lysistrata.
December 4, 2015
[Lee has] been better at lobbing fireballs than aiming them.
December 4, 2015
Welcome to MSNBC ... the movie!
December 3, 2015
Spike Lee's incendiary farce is too uneven to recommend, but its uncanny timing and sense of outrage are worth noting.
December 3, 2015
In-your-face polemic, with nowhere to go once the point has been made. Repeatedly.
December 3, 2015
It's a film of pain and rage, equally bolstered and undermined by its humor and sermonizing.
December 3, 2015
It's a movie where a viewer would be hard-pressed to point out anything that really works; it's too gooey to bite as satire, and too much of a cartoon to be a sincere cri de coeur for the Second City's metastasized gang culture.
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