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Summer of Sam Reviews

September 23, 2008
Like most of Lee's work, this bites off more than it can chew, but the breadth and energy are impressive.
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.
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
February 14, 2001
Lee is a powerful filmmaker who certainly knows how to have an impact on an audience, but those who survive his ministrations are likely to wonder if in this case the battle was worth the bruises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Lee's biggest mistake is in the last half-hour, where he extends an already long film with a series of dialogue scenes, which appear to be variations on improv workshops between the actors.
January 1, 2000
A pedestrian-looking mishmash of a movie!
January 1, 2000
Summer of Sam scatters most of its force by straying far from the compelling, plenty-complex business at hand.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
A ragged mess that only rarely connects with its audience or with a point.
January 1, 2000
An incoherent mess!
January 1, 2000
I felt like I wasn't watching it, I was in it.
January 1, 2000
The script, by Lee, Victor Colicchio and Michael Imperioli, is tighter than those for other Lee movies, but it's still too long and too broad.
January 1, 2000
Even the most colorful and/or poignant characters in Summer of Sam have a plastic, servicing-the-plot quality.
January 1, 2000
Lee's best films thrum with a wound-up energy, and Summer of Sam vibrates with fear, guilt and lust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Lee's just not a good enough filmmaker - and finally, not smart enough - to achieve the grand statements that he's apparently after.
January 1, 2000
Messy and belligerent.
January 1, 2000
Furiously enthralling!
January 1, 2000
The elements are there but the movie isn't.
January 1, 2000
The film has no center to hold it together: It feels much, much smaller than its parts.
January 1, 2000
This is the closest Lee has yet come to Scorsese territory!
January 1, 2000
Excruciatingly long and overdirected!
January 1, 2000
A colorful, wacked-out film. It's a movie nostalgic for a bad time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Lee does a superb job!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Overstuffed!
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A terrific movie: jolting, savage, horrifically funny, nightmarishly exciting but also brainy and compassionate.
January 1, 2000
If Lee could swap background with foreground, this would be a sensational film.
January 1, 2000
In Summer of Sam, Spike Lee isn't interested in truth - or coherence, for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C