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½ December 28, 2017
Do the Right Thing is fantastic as both social commentary and entertainment. Acting is perfect, and this launched a lot of careers because of it. It's style is unmistakable and I'm always jammin' to the PE. But the #1 reason that this joint stands up is because it understands everybody's perspective pretty ruthlessly, pits them in the perfect situation where all the bullshit we use to cover up our real feelings won't stand anymore and we gotta work out our differences. It's not a happy ending, and it's not a sad ending, because it doesn't stop when the credits roll.
October 11, 2017
Cinematography was fun, acting was great, and a thought-provoking plot.
August 27, 2017
This Turned 25 Years Old In 2014.
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2017
A remarkable film that offers a very funny slice of life in a black neighborhood of Brooklyn before reaching an explosive ending that forces us to consider the implications of racism and violence in American society (even if the conclusion is too ambiguous for its own good).
August 16, 2017
A tour de force that gets better on 2nd and 3rd viewing.
August 10, 2017
The most nuanced, human film depicting modern racism.
August 2, 2017
This movie is exceptional. Lee's hard hitting film realistically hits race relations, discrimination, police brutality and all the other strong messages that rang true in the late 80's and unfortunately still in 2017. "Are we gonna live together..together?"
½ July 9, 2017
With an array of interesting characters, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lee's best films as its true message is fully realised at the end.
Super Reviewer
July 8, 2017
Clothing, music, and neighborhoods may change but Lee's masterpiece will always remain relevant.
June 11, 2017
It's that good. It takes on an original perspective on race and tensions creating an amazing watch
May 30, 2017
I wasn't sure what I thought the first time I saw the film. Every time I have watched it since, I've loved it a little bit more.
May 29, 2017
Wife was excited to see this and made us watch it. Then she promptly fell asleep while I watched the whole thing. She was right though.
½ May 23, 2017
Entertaining, funny, and honest, Do The Right Thing is a vibrantly colored piece that still strikes a chord with audiences today.
May 20, 2017
One of the greatest of all American movies. This highly charged, landmark drama from writer-director Spike Lee, his third feature, is the best movie ever made about race relations in America. Set on a hot summer day in a multi-ethnic Brooklyn neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, a series of skirmishes throughout the community, caused by racial tension, lead to an outbreak of violence at an Italian pizzeria. Lee's approach is both confrontational and evenhanded, but also remarkably funny. He juxtaposes direct-to-camera addresses as characters express various racial and ethnic prejudices, to us and each other. The provocative ending was controversial for its ambiguity but made all the more powerful for it. There are several allusions made to real-life, contemporary race related incidents. Following the Rodney King riots, the movie would appear even more prescient today. Superb cinematography with a vibrant red and yellow background by Ernest Dickerson. Music by the director's father, Bill Lee. Hip hop artists Public Enemy contributed the militant anthem, "Fight the Power," that is played during the opening title sequence and throughout the movie. With Danny Aiello as Sal, the owner of the pizzeria; Spike Lee as Mookie; Richard Edson and John Turturro as Sal's sons; Rosie Perez; Bill Nunn as Radio Raheem; Ossie Davis as Da Mayor; Ruby Dee as Mother Sistser; Paul Benjamin; Frankie Faison; Robin Harris; Joie Lee; Samuel L. Jackson; and Martin Lawrence. Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
May 20, 2017
½ May 5, 2017
A bit aimless and meandering in beginning as it shoots a typical day in Brooklyn. At first i didnt care much for the seemingly tedious and shallow directing style, but it gets better as it goes on. The camera follows around a bunch of mostly black ppl outside and in their rowhomes. Then you start seeing tensions rising over cultural differences and race and the stress of owning a small business. You see petty family bickering, lazy employees, poverty and culture clashes in the same neighborhood. The end came as a bit of a shock for me, although it kinda made sense after everything that had happened. I felt bad other than the victim for Sal. Sal was trying to "do the right thing" you know the American dream with his family. In the end he wound up losing his cool (but understandably so after everything he deals with daily) and in an instance ruining everything he had worked his life for. It seems Sal and others cant even deal with what has happened in the aftermath. Scary thing is that while this movie is dated in some aspects-clothes, music, is still very relevant with stereotypes and race esp with the black lives matter movement. Unfort it seems this story will continue until a serious change happens with law enforcement.
½ May 4, 2017
Do the Right Thing is a rare film with the subject of racism that is not only important, but also very good in its own right. The film portrays realistic characters, the direction from Spike Lee is superb and the build up in the first half is so good that it deftly led to the brutal conflict that arose in the second half. This is the film that portrays racism from both sides, it treats its subject matter in a brutally honest manner and is executed in a way that you never quite know who is to blame for the conflict which is exactly how real life works and why this film is so important and admirable in its realism.
½ April 20, 2017
Holy hell was this annoying...
April 2, 2017
It flows great with the energetic performances bringing humor and fresh insights, like this works as an experimental documentary; until the energetic performances turned into a wave over the flow during the melodramatic climax. When the wave was done splashing after things had calmed down, the flowing got lost and wasn't able to resurface to get the film to its destined rating. (B+)

(Full review TBD)
March 20, 2017
Iconic. Legendary. Light years ahead of it's time in it's raw and honest depiction of life in America.
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