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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time. show more

  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Crooklyn is loud and raucous and occasionally cruel. The actors shout their dialogue, the kids trade insults and the movie has the strained, desperate-for-fun anxiety of a TV sitcom. [13 May 1994, p.C1] show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Both leads and young Harris make Crooklyn an exasperating might-have-been, especially given the movie's surprisingly affecting wrap-up. There's no dearth of human feeling here, but a dearth of craft. [13 May 1994, p.8D] show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a movie that's so personal, naked and vulnerable that you can understand why some of its humor seems rough, some of its visuals excessive. But Crooklyn has a quality not as obvious in any Lee film since "Do the Right Thing": the sense of a whole world opening, rich and real, before your eyes. [13 May 1994, p.A] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Crooklyn is not in any way an angry film. But thinking about the difference between its world and ours can make you angry, and I think that was one of Lee's purposes here. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Crooklyn comes to the screen with an upbeat tone and a lot of heart. Beneath the surface of this deceptively simple motion picture lurks a keen insight. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Spike Lee's Crooklyn is a charming little movie. [14 May 1994] show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Crooklyn is a winning work whose charms far outweigh any pitfalls. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Crooklyn has a warm, nostalgic, spilling-over-the-edges effusiveness that is new to Lee's work. At the same time, the movie often seems every bit as high-strung as the family it's about. show more

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