Summer of Sam Reviews

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June 21, 2019
...it was such an unexpected, marginal tale.
March 25, 2019
...a scorching melodrama about childhood friends-played by John Leguizamo and Adrien Brody-whose relationship reaches an emotional boiling point.
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.
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....
August 11, 2004
Disappointing.
June 28, 2004
Spike Lee's most ambitious movie, is joltingly inspired at times. It's also offensively redundant and needs editing.
May 20, 2003
The cast sizzles.
October 15, 2002
An intelligent, compassionate, adult story told to thrilling, fearsome effect.
August 23, 2002
...tremendous, haunting, multi-textured ...
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.
April 3, 2002
It's easily Lee's most accomplished and satisfying movie since Malcolm X.
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
Truly spellbinding and powerful.
January 1, 2000
Manages to zero in on issues of class and race, while expanding the casting assumptions of black-directed films.
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.
January 1, 2000
I'm not one of the many admirers of Spike Lee's work, but his emphasis on small details and the depiction of a tensely-approached summer is obvious evidence of his growth as a movie director.
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