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Do the Right Thing Reviews

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox
June 29, 2009
A riveting drama which remains just as intense as when it debuted in 1989.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 28, 2009
A towering achievement in American cinema, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing takes a hard look at a community in crisis. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 16, 2009
Like Rear Window to Alfred Hitchcock, like Nashville to Robert Altman, like Playtime to Jacques Tati, Lee's Do the Right Thing is an undiluted representation of its creator's artistic command.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 24, 2009
Lee cagily provides a litmus test for racial attitudes in 1989, but he does so by destroying the integrity of his characters, black and white.
Lloyd Bradley
Empire Magazine
March 12, 2008
A pulsating homage to life on New York's streets, achieved thanks to Lee's sleepless eye, but a passionate-yet-dignified study of racism, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

March 12, 2008
The fact that a filmmaker as gifted as Lee has yet to top the movie says a lot about its power.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
A powerful and persuasive look at an ethnic community and what makes it tick -- funky, entertaining, packed with insight, and political in the best, most responsible sense.
Cole Smithey
February 13, 2006
"Do the Right Thing" is a film whose ability to entertain, provoke, and question has not diminished in the least.
| Original Score: A+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The film -- at once stylised and realistic -- buzzes throughout with the sheer, edgy bravado that comes from living one's life on the streets. It looks, sounds, and feels right.
Emanuel Levy
December 30, 2005
Prompted by the brutal Howard Beach killing of a young black man, Lee's politically charged drama is an angry assault on racism that benefits from bravura filmmaking. Still Lee's best and most important film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Clint Morris
March 31, 2005
A tour-de-force for Spike Lee
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
Spike's greatest film to date. Shame on the Academy for not recognizing it.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Paul De Angelis
October 13, 2004
It's a vibrant, passionate, funny movie, and like a true work of art, it both surprises and provokes.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 11, 2004
spike lee's masterpiece
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
Who expected this to be its director's last really terrific film?
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 24, 2004
Inarguably one of the greatest American films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
August 14, 2003
Made me love Spike.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A subtle and humane entertainment with a refreshingly serious view of the world. There are no absolute heroes or villains. There are no easy answers to the questions that this film poses with such artistry and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Lee's movie is anything but minimalist. It is bursting with character, color, incident and music, including a militant rap number performed by Public Enemy.
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James Berardinelli
April 17, 2003
The movie confronts racism head-on, with the kind of clear-eyed and unflinching attitude that is rarely seen in major motion pictures. Lee does not pander to political correctness, nor does he sermonize.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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