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Red Hook Summer Reviews

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August 10, 2012
The direction is aimless at best and changes tones with the weather.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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+
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 9, 2012
From a storytelling perspective, Red Hook Summer is an absolute mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 23, 2012
Here is Lee at his most spontaneous and sincere, but he could have used another screenplay draft, and perhaps a few more transitional scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
January 26, 2012
Career missteps will happen; it comes with the territory. But this particular Red Hook territory is such a wasteland that we have to check twice to confirm that this drivel actually belongs to Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
August 16, 2012
This is an illustrated lecture - a jumbled, rushed cinematic rant. The ideas are there. The story is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 13, 2012
It's close to bottom-of-the-barrel Lee.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
August 10, 2012
...would be highly flawed but promising for a newcomer; from Spike Lee, it's downright embarrassing.
August 6, 2012
Picture a two-hour episode of Amos 'n' Andy on crack. Holy mackerel, Sapphire!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 10, 2012
Spike Lee now seems to be trying to be the world's oldest student filmmaker. Take out the rookie mistakes from "Red Hook Summer," and there'd be nothing left.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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 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
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.
January 23, 2012
It is so wilfully off the scale that it is hard to know quite how to quantify it.
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+
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+
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