|New Line Cinema | Release Date: October 6, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Lee's incendiary and brilliant new film.
Nothing seriously detracts from the film's overall brilliance.
Starts out hilarious and then turns very, very grim.
It's a film about dumbing down that has the effect of wising up its audience.
Ends with a fizzle, not a bang.
Collapses under its own contempt.
By the end, we simply have no idea what he (Lee) feels or what the film is really about. And we are too worn out to care.
Angry, potentially offensive movie.
A frustratingly uneven satire with undeniably sharp teeth, isn't afraid to shoot comic darts at its targets until blood is drawn.
If Lee's intention was to cement our loathing of blackface comedy, he's succeeded all too well.
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