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Clockers Reviews

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Jason Bailey
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.
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Spike Lee brings way too much baggage for the movie to work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

TV Guide
September 22, 2008
Lee's film never recaptures the impact of the opening credit sequence, a grimly deglamorized tableaux of real-life crime scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
September 22, 2008
Average Lee, but still enjoyable overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

September 22, 2008
Arguably Lee's best film since Do The Right Thing.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 22, 2008
The performances are strong, but the spectator often feels adrift in an overly busy intrigue.
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Todd McCarthy
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.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Clockers is messy and didactic, but it's complex in a way that a tidy film can't be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
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.
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2005
A fascinating and engrossing character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Sub-par Spike Lee
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
October 11, 2004
One of the best films of the 90's....a knockout
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
May 1, 2004
Decent urban drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
February 6, 2004
A trilha sonora intrusiva acaba cansando, mas o filme se sobressai grašas Ó complexidade de seus personagens.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
December 28, 2003
A too-passive lead character sinks this otherwise interesting film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Spike Lee brings a signature edge and richness to his film images, but must a filmmaker's distinctive style be so heavy that it interferes with the story itself?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dragan Antulov
January 31, 2003
Strong performances are reason enough for the audience to endure 129 minutes of Clockers.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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