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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The most refreshing thing about Summer of Sam is that it doesn't try to impose a moral or define the limits of its story. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is a terrific movie: jolting, savage, horrifically funny, nightmarishly exciting but also brainy and compassionate. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Lee has a wealth of material here, and the film tumbles through it with exuberance. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    One of Lee's unsung gifts as a filmmaker is his discovery of that place between eye-popping surrealism and wrenching Greek tragedy. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It is a dark, violent, sexually explicit motion picture that will surely offend timid viewers. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's a kaleidoscope of ideas that range from exciting to silly and gaudy. show more

  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Lee gives us cross-section of characters, almost none of whom escape the summer unchanged. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    A tabloid slice of tabloid life, ragged, vivid, awkward and punchy all at once. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    An intelligent, viscerally kinetic throw-down, a jolt of pure adrenalized Spike that holds more than a few touches of genius in its overripe storyline. show more

  • 91
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Lee's control and storytelling flair have never seemed more assured and there are moments so powerful and thrilling we feel we're in the hands of a master filmmaker at the peak of his powers. show more

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