Red Hook Summer Reviews
July 9, 2019
If you've not been to the good house for a while, you might feel like you've been held hostage to the word by Spike Lee. But if you've the patience, Lee has a rewarding payoff in store for you.
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 13, 2012
For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless.
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.
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.
August 24, 2012
This coming-of-age portrait provides one more instance of Lee as one of this country's finest cinematic regionalists.
August 23, 2012
It's a scramble, marked by the unruly variety of visual strategies Lee prefers.
August 22, 2012
There are no clear character arcs and no three-act dramatic structure, but the movie's messiness comes close to the rhythms of real life.
August 21, 2012
Rich, unexpected and as complex as you'd expect from a Spike Lee joint.
August 16, 2012
Ultimately, Red Hook Summer is both a disappointment and yet, somehow, still completely worth seeing.
August 13, 2012
The film manages to persevere with a heartfelt vibrancy in both its setting and characters.
August 12, 2012
Skipping over the neighborhood like a spinning stone, Lee's rocking Red Hook looks great in Technicolor.
August 10, 2012
A movie that's alive and spontaneous and surprising is a rare enough thing to encounter-especially one that manages to address subjects as divisive and painful as inner-city black poverty without getting maudlin or preachy.