Red Hook Summer Reviews

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August 7, 2018
The movie doesn't end so much as it gives up.
September 8, 2017
It comes off embarrassingly amateurish at times, but other times the sentimental moments will captivate you, but only for a moment.
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.
March 10, 2013
September 14, 2012
Unpolished performances are forgivable in they've got a great story to support them. Unfortunately, this is not a great story.
September 13, 2012
It's close to bottom-of-the-barrel Lee.
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.
September 6, 2012
Lee is, as ever, a gifted image-maker, but his storytelling has gotten so lax over time as to barely register.
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
Clarke Peters is an impressive force, but the story gets away from Spike Lee on this one.
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.
August 31, 2012
When Spike Lee fails he fails big, and he goes down in flames with "Red Hook Summer."
August 24, 2012
Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story.
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.
August 23, 2012
You will have no trouble picking out the emotional contours of the movie's tumultuous final scenes, and although Peters holds the drama together, late-game revelations raise narrative questions that are left glaringly unanswered.
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.
August 16, 2012
This is an illustrated lecture - a jumbled, rushed cinematic rant. The ideas are there. The story is not.
August 10, 2012
The direction is aimless at best and changes tones with the weather.
August 10, 2012
...would be highly flawed but promising for a newcomer; from Spike Lee, it's downright embarrassing.
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.
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