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Red Hook Summer Reviews

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September 7, 2017
It comes off embarrassingly amateurish at times, but other times the sentimental moments will captivate you, but only for a moment.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 3, 2015
I still cannot fathom whatever point Lee's trying to make here, or why he would derail his not-bad summer idyll with such a nuclear bomb.
February 12, 2013
"Red Hook Summer" has so much life, so much verve. Spike Lee always makes movies you want to wrestle with, even if the rewards this time around aren't as worthwhile.
September 25, 2012
... shimmers with unfocused energy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2012
Unpolished performances are forgivable in they've got a great story to support them. Unfortunately, this is not a great story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2012
For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2012
It's close to bottom-of-the-barrel Lee.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 7, 2012
There's little drama or sense of progression in the movie until the bombshell hits, and then it just whimpers along for another half-hour until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 6, 2012
Lee is, as ever, a gifted image-maker, but his storytelling has gotten so lax over time as to barely register.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 4, 2012
Spike Lee in coasting gear.
September 4, 2012
Spike Lee's least crabby vignette in a decade
September 1, 2012
Seems to be little but demands much more.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 31, 2012
Lee's typically paradoxical statements on race and religion muddle the narrative, and his old stylistic tricks -- saturated color schemes, characters addressing the camera -- aren't exactly inspired.
August 31, 2012
When Lee preaches in Red Hook Summer, the movie bumps along, though it's reasonably entertaining. But when he decides to teach us about the human heart, it becomes a potent experience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2012
Clarke Peters is an impressive force, but the story gets away from Spike Lee on this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 31, 2012
The story is static for about 90 minutes, then rises to action, but in a way that seems impromptu, either made up on the spot or ill-considered.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 31, 2012
When Spike Lee fails he fails big, and he goes down in flames with "Red Hook Summer."
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 24, 2012
Features Lee playing with fascinating concepts and working well with setting even if the final result isn't quite the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
August 24, 2012
Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2012
This coming-of-age portrait provides one more instance of Lee as one of this country's finest cinematic regionalists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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