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Summer of Sam Reviews

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July 11, 2018
One of Spike Lee's most dynamic pictures, so electric and overflowing with energy it's damn near exhausting.
June 30, 2016
A deliberately overblown MEAN STREETS parody
September 23, 2008
Like most of Lee's work, this bites off more than it can chew, but the breadth and energy are impressive.
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
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
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 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.
January 1, 2000
This movie is constantly in motion, spinning from one level of the story to another.
Read More | Original Score: 89/100
January 1, 2000
For more than two hours, you can't catch your breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee is a great director. He is one of the best when it comes to pulling great performances from a large cast, and when it comes to creating a real, palpable impression of a moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A spellbinding account of how fear causes illogical reactions, and how illogical reactions cause impulsive actions which, in turn, are just as dangerous as a serial killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The film is so involving because it seems to be a dance around Lee's memory and imagination.
| Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
It's Lee's best joint in a long time, and while it's far from perfect, it's also the most intelligently riveting film out there this summer, so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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