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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In a multiplex filled with empty New Year vessels (take that, Kangaroo Jack), this holdover grabs you hard. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a film of sadness and power, the first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject. show more

  • 50
    USA Today

    Hour not only acknowledges the attacks -- they're a running theme. Lee opens his movie with a shot of the beaming blue spotlights that mark where the twin towers once stood. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Edward Norton makes an art of self-containment. No contemporary actor gives less away to more effect, and he's at his closely held best in 25th Hour, a drama of redemption, directed by Spike Lee, that seldom rises to the level of his performance. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It could have been more taut, could have been harder, but 25th Hour still resonates with power and poetry. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    To say Spike Lee is repeating himself is itself repetitious -- he is getting B-O-R-I-N-G! show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    25th Hour struck me as one of the best movies of 2002, but it's also a film that will strike some of its audience as ethically dubious or threatening. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie is flawed by implausible psychology and moments of weak acting. But it's more than redeemed by Lee's passionate ideas about America today. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film is unusual for not having a plot or a payoff. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Norton, returning to cracking form, doesn't try to make the selfish and smug Monty sympathetic -- but he lights up the screen, especially in two fantasy sequences. show more

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