Summer of Sam - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Summer of Sam Reviews

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June 30, 2016
A deliberately overblown MEAN STREETS parody
September 23, 2008
This ultimately disappoints, but it is good to see Lee branch out into subjects which don't immediately lend themselves to his single-minded politicizing.
September 23, 2008
Like most of Lee's work, this bites off more than it can chew, but the breadth and energy are impressive.
August 7, 2008
The film is sloppy and ill-formed, its tone lurching drunkenly from turgid soap opera to soft-core porn, descending at times to low camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 27, 2007
This is trashy exploitation at its clumsiest. Once more, a Spike Lee movie has been undone by the earnestness of being important.
June 24, 2006
Trouble is, the overlong narrative, however entertaining from minute to minute, is a mess.
May 26, 2006
I needed stronger and more balanced characters to really care what happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2005
Whatever you think of Spike Lee, when he has the faith in his talent and material and is able to be political without the dogma, he's one of the best filmmakers to come out of America in the 1980's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2005
Lee does capture the terror a serial killer can wreak upon the community, but his concentration on the weak characters hurts in the long run.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 15, 2005
The story makes very important points, and shows us a graphic parable of the wages of sin. But the ugliness along the way will be too much for some viewers....
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 11, 2004
Disappointing.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
June 28, 2004
Spike Lee's most ambitious movie, is joltingly inspired at times. It's also offensively redundant and needs editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2003
The cast sizzles.
| Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2002
An intelligent, compassionate, adult story told to thrilling, fearsome effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 23, 2002
...tremendous, haunting, multi-textured ...
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
June 5, 2002
Both beguiling and confounding, an enigmatic blend of banality and brilliance that ultimately manages to overcome its myriad shortcomings through nothing but the sheer force of Lee's visionary direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 3, 2002
It's easily Lee's most accomplished and satisfying movie since Malcolm X.
Read More | Original Score: A-
March 22, 2002
The disappointment with Summer of Sam is not that it's exploitative; it's just difficult to figure out what it's supposed to be about.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2002
A riveting and unsettling look at the summer of 1977 when fear and paranoia reigned.
April 17, 2001
A sprawling, brilliantly acted character study which touches on love, friendship and betrayal, while also managing to recreate the last days of disco without a note of self-parody.
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