Red Hook Summer Reviews

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September 13, 2012
For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless.
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
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
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.
August 9, 2012
Lee grapples with a number of urgent themes, but his approaches are often either too direct (we are repeatedly pummeled by the bishop's fiery preaching) or too circuitous (the verbal and visual meanderings are sometimes valuable, and sometimes not).
August 9, 2012
A clear failure, yet Lee is getting at things that mystify him.
August 9, 2012
Spike Lee's messy, meandering, bluntly polemical "Red Hook Summer" has one crucial ingredient: a raw vitality.
August 8, 2012
[The movie] isn't a smooth slow jam... but one doesn't go to Spike Lee pictures in order to solicit a complacent experience anyway.
August 7, 2012
Potently expresses, both aesthetically and narratively, a sense of inclusiveness and diversity.
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