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Clockers Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
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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
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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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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
Helping make these points is as strong a cast as Lee has yet worked with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Has the strengths of Spike Lee's best work without the preachiness and gimmicky camera moves of his weakest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Clockers thunders home with the bruising urgency of a story that needs to be told.
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Kevin McManus
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A real, wicked thrill.
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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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel, aided by the potent acting his direction virtually guarantees.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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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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Entertainment Weekly
September 13, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: A