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Red Hook Summer Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
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.
Tim Grierson
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 25, 2012
... shimmers with unfocused energy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 13, 2012
For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 13, 2012
It's close to bottom-of-the-barrel Lee.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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
Shawn Levy
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+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 4, 2012
Spike Lee in coasting gear.
Fernando F. Croce
September 4, 2012
Spike Lee's least crabby vignette in a decade
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
September 1, 2012
Seems to be little but demands much more.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
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
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
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+
Brian Tallerico
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2012
In truth, the film fizzles as much as it fumes. There is a kind of lassitude that sets in, even as it builds toward some kind of reckoning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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