Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. This is the kind of misfire that can take everyone down with it. It's not just bad, it's mean-bad.
  2. The film's as chaotic and heavy-handed as "Summer of Sam" without the same sense of harsh reality.
  3. 27
    If Lee's intention was to cement our loathing of blackface comedy, he's succeeded all too well.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    One of the least entertaining satires ever made.
  5. With conceptual misfires like this, Lee's best work recedes even more swiftly into the past.
  6. Angry, fitfully provocative mess.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Apr 11, 2011
    2
    In this depiction of race and race relations, the white man is still in power and is only interested in exploiting black people and assuming black culture. The white TV writers and bosses are stupid, insensitive, and racists who love racist material. This is, of course, a racist presentation of white people. On the other side, you've got essentially two kinds of black people. Authentic blacks who are part of the resistance, and the sellouts. You can tell which ones are the sellouts because they wear/perform blackface and get shot to death by the authentic resistors. The whole thing is unbelievably blunt, simplistic, and thoughtless exploration of race, power, and the history of racism in America. I suspect many will presume there is some kind of enlightened message buried deep within the satire that emerges with enough searching and pressure, but there's really no excuse for the kind of 2-D typecast representations of whiteness and what Lee sees as modern day uncle toms who play along. It's a crap way of telling stories, and it's a crap way of looking at life too for that matter. Looking at people and seeing only objects is, after all, kind of what started this whole race mess in the beginning. Full Review »