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School Daze Reviews

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Josh Larsen
September 7, 2015
Skin tone is crucial to understanding School Daze's brazenness as a major-studio film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide
September 23, 2008
A shapeless mess that falls far short of the high expectations created by Lee's first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 23, 2008
Some of the issues get lost in the mix, but strong performances by Lee and Fishburne make this a watchable and thought-provoking venture.
Emanuel Levy
November 29, 2006
The film's political issues are far more interesting than its artistic attributes--this messy picture feels as if Spike Lee is just incidentally interested in what makes musical movies work
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Lee has a small, intimate talent; here, he goes for the big podium and blows it.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 13, 2005
The film's central argument is that black matriculation is undercut by internal divisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 7, 2004
An uneven but probably necessary stepping stone between "She's Gotta Have It" and "Do The Right Thing"
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 10, 2004
Uneven and a little dull, although the ending inspires.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For every tough-minded confrontation between the different student factions, School Daze is apt to offer a love scene less than vital to the plot, or an overlong musical scene whose effect is that of treading water.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 19, 2002
ambitious, messy, rowdy comedy-drama, which tosses together fraternity foolishness, campus activism, lusty romance and even a few musical numbers
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Although the film has big structural problems and leaves a lot of loose ends, there was never a moment when it didn't absorb me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
School Daze, with its pompous patchwork plot, is an arrogant, humorless, sexist mess.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee had something in mind while he shot School Daze, his follow-up to the cult hit She's Gotta Have It. Unfortunately it's still lodged behind his cranium.
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
Even with all its flaws, School Daze is worth seeing, because Lee gets into areas no director before had even bothered to come near.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 21, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 4, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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