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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Clockers has the strengths of Lee's best work (passion, humor, terrific acting) without the preachiness, self-importance and gimmicky camera moves of his weakest. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel, aided by the potent acting his direction virtually guarantees. [13 Sep 1995, p.01.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Although Clockers is... a murder mystery, in solving its murder, it doesn't even begin to find a solution to the system that led to the murder. That is the point. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Ultimately, Clockers probably attempts too much, and ends up seeming overcrowded as a result. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Spike Lee's adaptation of a solid, if overpraised, crime novel by Richard Price is slickly made and well acted. But with most of the novel's subplots stripped away, it emerges as just another polemic about the scourge of drugs in the African-American community. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Lee seems to think that all his major characters are basically good people who deserve another chance, and so for the sake of an inappropriate happy ending, everyone important gets one. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is an adaptation that must have been hard to screw up, yet screwed up it has been. If the movie is far from dreadful, it's even further from the searing experience it could have been. show more

  • 60
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Not Lee's finest but intriguing nonetheless. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    This is the first Spike Lee Joint that feels more like a mainstream Hollywood cops-in-the-'hood picture and less like one of Lee's recurrent soapboxes. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A work of staggering intelligence and emotional force -- a mosaic of broken dreams. show more

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