Clockers Reviews

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.
September 7, 2011
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
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.
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.
August 15, 2002
Helping make these points is as strong a cast as Lee has yet worked with.
June 18, 2002
Has the strengths of Spike Lee's best work without the preachiness and gimmicky camera moves of his weakest.
May 12, 2001
Clockers thunders home with the bruising urgency of a story that needs to be told.
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.
January 1, 2000
What we get mostly in the film is a sense of Lee flailing, struggling to get a handle on his material.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
A real, wicked thrill.
September 13, 1995