Chi-Raq Reviews

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February 9, 2021
Messy and nauseating.
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.
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.
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.
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
Astonishing. Up there with Lee's very best.
December 2, 2016
Spike Lee's latest is an extraordinary confection: a satire written in verse, set to rap, gospel and hip-hop music, based on an Ancient Greek play moved to Chi-Raq, a nickname for present-day Chicago.
December 1, 2016
[Chi-Raq], if often muddled, is rarely dull.
December 1, 2016
A gorgeous, gorgeous thing that proves anger sometimes has the best tunes.
December 1, 2016
A Molotov cocktail of laughs and anger, Chi-Raq is a powerful state of a nation address. The result is the most creatively exciting Lee has been in a decade.
November 30, 2016
In its lesser moments, though, the film plays like a bad student revue.
April 30, 2016
There are huge swaths of 'Chi-Raq' that don't work at all, and they ultimately don't matter a lick, because the picture charges ahead with such confidence and electricity.
April 13, 2016
Chi-Raq is raucous and transgressive, but most of all, it's a lament. And lament is exactly what we-you and I-need to learn: right now, this year, this month, this week, today.
March 18, 2016
Lee returns to engaging, enraged form with Chi-Raq, combining social commentary, anger, humour, dramatics and over-the-top style in a sometimes messy mix that uses every trick necessary to put a spotlight on America's poisonous love affair with guns.
March 18, 2016
Lee's film is worth seeing for its bombastic excess and camo-clad dance scenes. But if you're looking for tactful visual responses to the Black Lives Matter movement and the effects of police brutality, this isn't it.
March 17, 2016
Never subtle, always strident and absolutely necessary.
February 21, 2016
There is no story, beyond this simplest stand-off set up, no character development, no sign of any other life.
December 10, 2015
It's messy in places, as Lee's movies tend to be. But there isn't a moment that Chi-Raq isn't alive. This is a deeply serious, biting picture that also has joy in its heart.
December 8, 2015
It's both outrageous and full of outrage, offering up cold hard facts about how the government has continued to ignore and disenfranchise urban communities... and lots of cock-teases in daisy dukes.
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.
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