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Do the Right Thing Reviews

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July 2, 2009
[Spike] Lee doesn't attempt to answer the complicated questions of racism, misunderstanding and simmering anger as much as confront them with a hard clarity.
June 29, 2009
A riveting drama which remains just as intense as when it debuted in 1989.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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
March 31, 2005
A tour-de-force for Spike Lee
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2005
Spike's greatest film to date. Shame on the Academy for not recognizing it.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 13, 2004
It's a vibrant, passionate, funny movie, and like a true work of art, it both surprises and provokes.
July 11, 2004
spike lee's masterpiece
| Original Score: 5/5
July 8, 2004
Who expected this to be its director's last really terrific film?
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2004
Inarguably one of the greatest American films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 14, 2003
Made me love Spike.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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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