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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    How many doubts can Lee possibly cram into one motion picture? Red Hook Summer has almost too many to count: moments that go clunk, followed by others that go clang; actors who talk as if reading their lines off cue cards or rehearsing them for the first time; and set pieces that lie there. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 30
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Lee's latest rambles through almost two hours of unfocused drama, burdened with endless didactic editorializing, before lurching out of nowhere into ugly revelations and violence. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Heath Jr. Slant Magazine

    The seamless juxtaposition of faith and pain, innocence and guilt, allows the film to transcend Spike Lee's occasional bombastic moments and become a strong examination of internal suffering. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is Lee at his most spontaneous and sincere, but he could have used another screenplay draft, and perhaps a few more transitional scenes. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's a scramble, marked by the unruly variety of visual strategies Lee prefers. show more

  • 12
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Formerly a maker of bad, but at least angry, movies, Spike Lee now seems to be trying to be the world's oldest student filmmaker. Take out the rookie mistakes from Red Hook Summer, and there'd be nothing left. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The new drama, best viewed as a church movie, is a return to the kind of corner-chat indie cinema Lee revolutionized, with an emphasis on a towering performance by The Wire's Clarke Peters as a local bishop inflamed with the Word. show more

  • 80
    Ray Greene Boxoffice Magazine

    Red Hook Summer begins as a gentle character comedy and then erupts into a sudden reversal that is possibly the most powerful and disturbing sequence Lee has ever created. It's a film that makes you laugh, weep, rage and gasp, and, love it or hate it, you will definitely talk about it afterward. show more

  • 60
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Although the film features a powerhouse performance by Clarke Peters as Da Good Bishop Enouch Rouse, it's saddled with a sloppy story. show more

  • January 06, 2013 lgwynn7213
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    I have always been a big fan of spike but this movie fell short of my expectations. The biggest disappointment for me was using actors/actresses that don\'t deliver professional results. Clark Peters aside very few decent performances. I understand giving new Black actors the rare opportunity in hollywood, but the caliber needs to be there. The script could have been better, better written and less disorganized.. The first half of the movie straddles along rather dull and unrealistic finally engaging somewhat as the plot uncovers itself. No question Lee is a excellent director but this wasn\'t his best work. Spike? Get better writers and don\'t lose your passion for telling a story, you are the only director that can share a true vision of the African American experience.

  • December 20, 2012 vp00000000133238
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    All I have to say is where in the hell have you been Spike? The movie game haven\'t been the same since you. Touching movie.

  • September 18, 2012 PAM
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    This was a great movie. Touched all avenues. Church folks really need to check this out.

  • August 11, 2012 adarkerhue
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    This is Lee\'s best work since \"Bamboozled\". It cut me right to the core. In the age of Tyler Perry-esque mindless nonsense, it\'s good to have Lee\'s profound voice back.

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