Summer of Sam Reviews

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March 2, 2018
Summer of Sam, for all its flash and well-crafted fury, is only superficially disturbing. It's a nightmare stroll down memory lane: feel-bad nostalgia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 27, 2001
Everything that is good about Summer of Sam is also bad because Lee pushes every good impulse he has into overdrive.
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.
January 1, 2001
This is a real hit and miss movie, but mostly, it misses.
January 1, 2000
Lee has bitten off more than anyone could chew!
January 1, 2000
Messy and belligerent.
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee's latest joint, like much of his recent work, is an epic exercise in tedium.
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
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
January 1, 2000
A hodgepodge of dull characters played by even duller actors with occasionally interesting photography and an irritating score.
January 1, 2000
Summer of Sam scatters most of its force by straying far from the compelling, plenty-complex business at hand.
January 1, 2000
Overstuffed!
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