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School Daze Reviews

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June 24, 2006
Lee has a small, intimate talent; here, he goes for the big podium and blows it.
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.
March 10, 2004
Uneven and a little dull, although the ending inspires.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
School Daze, with its pompous patchwork plot, is an arrogant, humorless, sexist mess.
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.
July 21, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
February 13, 2005
The film's central argument is that black matriculation is undercut by internal divisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
November 4, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
December 28, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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