Clockers Reviews

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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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 15, 2003
A heartfelt but badly unfocused slice-of-urban life from Spike Lee. Depressingly typical of the director's efforts of late.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
December 28, 2003
A too-passive lead character sinks this otherwise interesting film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
The bottom line for this movie about drugs? Just say no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
April 17, 2002
Lee's movie feels like a two-hour public service announcemnt on the evils of drugs, bad cops and black-on-black violence.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 18, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Sub-par Spike Lee
| 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
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Regardless of how decent this film is, it won't change a life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What we get mostly in the film is a sense of Lee flailing, struggling to get a handle on his material.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Mercifully, the audacious Lee keeps his goofy stylistic technique a bit more in check than in some of his other films, but a little goes a long way and still tends to undermine the storytelling ability of his work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Until Lee figures out what he really thinks, his movies are going to express more confusion than clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide's Movie 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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
...a powerful piece of entertaining filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Although Clockers is, as I suggested, a murder mystery, in solving its murder, it doesn't even begin to find a solution to the system that led to the murder. That is the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Clockers uses unexpected narrative turns to accentuate the themes of lost innocence and uncultivated potential, and affirms that tragic melodrama is not a prerequisite for emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
How, exactly, was this film overlooked?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 10, 2010
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