Crooklyn Reviews

June 5, 2018
Lee seems to confuse noise with drama: the bickering Carmichaels create quite a racket, but we're seldom moved by their plight. In his most desperate moment, Lee shoots a long sequence through a distorted lens.
September 7, 2011
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.
June 24, 2006
The key problem is that the film is simply a ragged series of anecdotal sketches.
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.
May 12, 2001
This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
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.
January 1, 2000
Modulating from heavy to light, from angry to lyrical, and so on, the movie's an enjoyable, emotional symphony.
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.
May 13, 1994