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Red Hook Summer Reviews

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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.
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August 9, 2012
From a storytelling perspective, Red Hook Summer is an absolute mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
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Robert Levin
The Atlantic
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 13, 2012
It's close to bottom-of-the-barrel Lee.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
August 10, 2012
...would be highly flawed but promising for a newcomer; from Spike Lee, it's downright embarrassing.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
August 6, 2012
Picture a two-hour episode of Amos 'n' Andy on crack. Holy mackerel, Sapphire!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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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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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
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.
Damon Wise
Guardian
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
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
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+
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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+
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2012
Rambles through almost two hours of unfocused drama, burdened with endless didactic editorializing, before lurching out of nowhere into ugly revelations and violence.
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 27, 2012
This isn't a movie- it's a sermon. That said, the last twenty minutes are very interesting, and Clark Peters is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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