Opening

20% Transcendence Apr 18
53% Heaven Is for Real Apr 16
7% A Haunted House 2 Apr 18
89% Bears Apr 18
58% Fading Gigolo Apr 18

Top Box Office

89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier $41.3M
47% Rio 2 $39.3M
71% Oculus $12.0M
62% Draft Day $9.8M
77% Noah $7.6M
41% Divergent $7.4M
13% God's Not Dead $5.5M
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel $4.1M
79% Muppets Most Wanted $2.3M
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1.9M

Coming Soon

45% The Other Woman Apr 25
—— Brick Mansions Apr 25
72% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 02
100% Neighbors May 09
—— Godzilla May 16

Premieres Tonight

—— Devious Maids: Season 2
50% Salem: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

38% Believe: Season 1
83% The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
—— Californication: Season 7
83% Call the Midwife: Season 3
61% Crisis: Season 1
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4
100% The Good Wife: Season 5
86% Mad Men: Season 7
—— The Mentalist: Season 6
—— Mr. Selfridge: Season 2
—— Nurse Jackie: Season 6
71% Once Upon a Time: Season 3
100% Shameless: Season 04
48% Turn: Season 1
100% Veep: Season 3

Discuss Last Night's Shows

100% Da Vinci's Demons: Season 2
100% Orphan Black: Season 2

When the Levees Broke Reviews

Mike Clark
USA Today
Top Critic IconTop Critic
October 20, 2007

Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The same didactic instincts that sometimes mar Lee's fictional filmmaking serve him well as a documentarian and eulogist.

| Original Score: 4/4

September 23, 2006
David Denby
New Yorker
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Surely the most magnificent and large-souled record of a great American tragedy ever put on film.

August 28, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

What breaks your heart is the film's accumulated firsthand stories of New Orleans residents who lost everything in the flood after Hurricane Katrina, and the dismaying conclusion that a year after the disaster, the broken city has been largely abandoned.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2006
Paul Brownfield
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

When the Levees Broke is like the New Orleans jazz funeral -- a dirge on the way to the cemetery, an up-tempo parade in the deceased's honor on the bittersweet walk back home.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2006
Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

An exhaustive, ruminative, angry and even occasionally gallows-humorous account of the strange domino effect of tragedy compounding incompetence compounding tragedy that dealt a critical blow to one of America's great cities.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 22, 2006
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Do the flaws diminish Levees? To a degree. But the story Lee tells is so powerful, so important, that the lapses aren't a reason not to pay heed to what this passionate film has to say.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 22, 2006
David Bianculli
New York Daily News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's something to make a point to see.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

August 22, 2006
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The film asks many questions, implies answers for the easier ones, but ultimately concludes that some are simply beyond answering. Those are the questions posed in stories of incalculable human heartbreak.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 22, 2006
Matt Zoller Seitz
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic IconTop Critic

One of Lee's greatest and most deeply personal works.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 22, 2006
Joanna Weiss
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Lee makes a convincing case that, compared to 9/11, this is the far worse disaster.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

August 22, 2006
Vinay Menon
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The most important lesson is this: we must never forget.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

August 22, 2006
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Even more than Do the Right Thing, until now Lee's major achievement, When the Levees Broke is simultaneously his most searing and topical movie and the one most assured of enduring.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

August 22, 2006
Barry Garron
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Spike Lee's monumental look at Katrina is richly detailed and realistically complex.

August 22, 2006
Cynthia Joyce
Salon.com
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's not necessarily the drama inherent in these stories that moved some to tears -- and it's possible that some audiences won't recognize the restraint Lee exercised in rendering them -- it's the heartbreaking matter-of-factness.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 22, 2006
Joe Leydon
Variety
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Charged with profound sorrow, galvanizing outrage and defiant resolve.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 22, 2006
Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile