Critics Consensus

Decades removed from the original, this multi-generational Shaft struggles to keep its characters interesting -- or anything other than uncomfortably outdated.



Total Count: 108


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Verified Ratings: 7,605
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"Shaft" is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.

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Regina Hall
as Maya Babanikos
Alexandra Shipp
as Sasha Arias
Matt Lauria
as Major Gary Cutworth
Titus Welliver
as Special Agent Vietti
Method Man
as Freddy P
Richard Roundtree
as John Shaft, Sr.
Avan Jogia
as Karim Hassan
Luna Lauren Vélez
as Bennie Rodriguez
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  • Jun 17, 2019
    The 2019 incarnation of Shaft bridges the gap between generations of this blaxploitation saga. The film has its obvious plot holes and weary narrative but it's ultimately a fun and entertaining entry with Samuel L. Jackson being Samuel L. Jackson: a bad mutha- SHUT YO MOUTH! 3.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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