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Get on the Bus Reviews

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October 18, 2008
It's a simple, appealing premise and filmmaker Spike Lee uses it to full comic advantage.
September 24, 2008
It all has an artless, ephemeral feel, and 20 years from now people will marvel at the fashions, the landscapes and the attitudes it captures like fragile bugs in amber.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2008
A vital regeneration of a filmmaker's talent as well as a bracing and often very funny dramatization of urgent sociopolitical themes...
September 24, 2008
Bythewood's script offers sharp insights into the male psyche, and the fine actors play off one another with real assurance.
February 9, 2006
Though Lee's deft expertise keeps things pacy and (mostly) plausible, the material can't avoid a certain predictability and, in the end, a preachy sentimentality.
September 11, 2005
A stirring, heartfelt entertainment from the first frame to the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 9, 2005
Get on the Bus may well be the best film Spike Lee's made since Do the Right Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 20, 2003
While the film assembles a full array of black male stereotypes and conines them to what is essentially a talky one-set play, Mr. Lee stylistically jump-starts this small, earnest film in every way he can.
May 20, 2003
Enough lively banter and music, good humor and serious issues are make the 3,000-mile journey worth joining.
| Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2003
One of Lee's best -- save for the didactic opening credits, he's rarely been less preachy and more insightful
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 15, 2002
A wonderful film that, for all its nobility of purpose, soars on the strength of fascinating human stories.
August 28, 2002
Vividly conveys the yearning of some African-American men for solidarity.
June 18, 2002
It's two hours of men sitting on a bus talking, but the talk is alive. Lee keeps the scenes short, so that nothing ever resolves completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2002
Not only is this film a must-see for African Americans, it will enlighten and inspire any white moviegoers who open their minds enough to take the journey along with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2002
Now this is a road picture!
March 24, 2002
Although a contrived plot and heavy-handed symbolism hobble the story, the film delivers several revealingly funny moments, and it transcends its claustrophobic setting with a fusion of cinéma-vérité, hazy filters, and march footage.
May 12, 2001
Preachy and loud, yet surprisingly entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 67/100
February 14, 2001
It's successful at holding our interest -- at making us care, and believe.
January 1, 2000
An involving, intimate portrait of a group of men gathered for a common purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
If the movie's central sadness is that we identify with our own group and suspect outsiders, the movie's message is that we have been given brains to learn to empathize.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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