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Crooklyn Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 23, 2008
Lee is a great self-promoter. After all his press releases and all his interviews, we are given films that are sketchy, unfelt and distancing -- incidents in Lee's career, the only drama that really interests him.

TV Guide
September 23, 2008
While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2008
It's not Lee's most challenging work, but it's certainly amongst his most charming.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 29, 2007
A sub-par vision of Brooklyn with some bright spots
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 14, 2006
An affectionate look at youthful adventures.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The key problem is that the film is simply a ragged series of anecdotal sketches.
Emanuel Levy
June 6, 2006
Loosely based on Spike Lee's growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, the casual, warm, apolitical (for Lee) script took a life of its own during the development process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
February 24, 2004
One of Lee's more modest but admirable pieces.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 11, 2004
Um dos melhores trabalhos de Spike Lee, este filme foi solenemente ignorado pela Academia - uma mancha que o Oscar carregará para sempre em seu histórico.
| Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
December 22, 2003
Standard Spike Lee fare, which means it comes with its high and low points.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 1, 2003
Uneven Lee film -- and the reel printed in uncorrected 'scope is a really bad idea.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 20, 2003
An idiosyncratic domestic drama written and directed by Spike Lee
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's the first Spike Lee film with the potential to be turned into a television show. More important, it's the first one to display real warmth of heart.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 5, 2002
An ambitious failure from Spike Lee.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of Spike's most underrated and insightful.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Lee is as talented as any director is capturing an era, and some of the early scenes perfectly recall the mood of the time. The pop soundtrack may be a little too obvious, but it gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Crooklyn is not in any way an angry film. But thinking about the difference between its world and ours can make you angry, and I think that was one of Lee's purposes here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Modulating from heavy to light, from angry to lyrical, and so on, the movie's an enjoyable, emotional symphony.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A winning work whose charms far outweigh any pitfalls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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