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Red Hook Summer

Overview


Genre :

Drama

Release Date :

August 10, 2012 (NY)

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Spike Lee

Starring :

Jules Brown, Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Toni Lysaith, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Spike Lee, De'Adre Aziza, Colman Domingo, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Heather Simms, Jonathan Batiste

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 5

“..we have little to hang onto once the film falls apart. Between the ongoing sermonizing and that final, sharp shock - which is gravely mishandled - we feel cowed into submission, rather than led towards enlightenment..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
“..never matches the smoldering hothouse atmosphere of Lee's Summer of Sam, but its narrative shagginess and raging emotions nonetheless drum up franticness and fear. It's a forceful film whose ungainliness can be vexing..”
by Nick Schager [Village Voice]
“..it's fiery, passionate stuff, at times inelegantly presented, but impossible to ignore..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..it's another steamy hot Brooklyn summer, but unlike "Do the Right Thing" two decades back, Spike Lee's sermonizing new film is too chaotic to tap into that sizzle..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]
“..it all feels furiously dashed off, as if Mr. Lee, who financed the film himself, had run out of money and time..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]
3.5 of 5

“..isn't a smooth slow jam - the awkwardness of the younger performers can be as confounding as it can be charming, and there's frequently a sense of the film flaunting its rawness self-consciously..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
Reviewed by Ian Buckwalter [NPR]
Reviewed by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]

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