Summer of Sam Reviews

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April 3, 2002
It's easily Lee's most accomplished and satisfying movie since Malcolm X.
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.
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.
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
Manages to zero in on issues of class and race, while expanding the casting assumptions of black-directed films.
January 1, 2000
Messy and belligerent.
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
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!
January 1, 2000
Summer of Sam is a confused, jumbled movie!
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.
January 1, 2000
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