Red Hook Summer Reviews

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September 8, 2017
It comes off embarrassingly amateurish at times, but other times the sentimental moments will captivate you, but only for a moment.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story.
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
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
It's a scramble, marked by the unruly variety of visual strategies Lee prefers.
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
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.
August 10, 2012
The direction is aimless at best and changes tones with the weather.
August 10, 2012
Welcome back, Spike. It's good to see you again.
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.
August 9, 2012
Peters brings a magical energy to the movie's most laggard moments, infusing a so-what drama with a must-see performance.
August 9, 2012
From a storytelling perspective, Red Hook Summer is an absolute mess.
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