Clockers Reviews

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February 15, 2020
Lee and Price make sure the piece sufficiently addresses such issues as the devastating effect that criminals have on their own communities and the roles that both cops and crooks can play in tandem with each other.
February 26, 2018
Clockers may be Lee's strongest film since Do the Right Thing, but he runs into trouble at the end when he tries to tie up all his threads in neat bows...the passion of this raw, mournful urban epic remains in spite of the false moves.
August 16, 2016
There's no denying the movie's greatness: the depth of the characters, the urgency of its narrative, the nightmarishness of its vision.
July 18, 2014
Clockers leaves you with a sense of aching sadness, a regretful melancholy for the lives that have been blasted and the wrong decisions that have been made. Once again, Spike Lee has done the right thing.
September 7, 2011
July 6, 2010
Spike Lee brings way too much baggage for the movie to work.
September 22, 2008
Lee's film never recaptures the impact of the opening credit sequence, a grimly deglamorized tableaux of real-life crime scenes.
September 22, 2008
There is a force and focus in Lee's work, an absence of intellectual posturing and a willingness to let his material speak for itself that he has not achieved before.
September 22, 2008
Average Lee, but still enjoyable overall.
September 22, 2008
Arguably Lee's best film since Do The Right Thing.
September 22, 2008
The performances are strong, but the spectator often feels adrift in an overly busy intrigue.
June 9, 2008
A study of the urban dope-dealing culture and its toll on everyone who comes in contact with it, the picture has an insider's feel that is constantly undercut by the filmmaker's impulse to editorialize.
February 18, 2008
Spike Lee gets a good perfromance from newcomer Phifer as the young crack dealer, but the movie is diffuse, paying too much attention to the urban environment and not enough to the personas and dilemmas of the central characters.
July 30, 2007
Clockers is messy and didactic, but it's complex in a way that a tidy film can't be.
September 24, 2006
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The result is a more sober, mournful and meditative expressionism than you'd expect. That's not to say the film isn't suspenseful, but the director's distaste for the inner city's gun culture is clear to see. Superbly acted.
March 18, 2005
January 8, 2005
A fascinating and engrossing character study.
October 23, 2004
Sub-par Spike Lee
October 11, 2004
One of the best films of the 90's....a knockout
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