Bamboozled

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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25

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  1. YoungY.
    Jun 20, 2003
    5
    Some brilliant moments. That is about it. A massive dosage of self-proclaimed profundity of Spike Lee's -- unfortunately, he lacks both philosophy and narrative palletes to materialize and expand the issue. It is as though Spike is full of self-pity when it comes to the issue of racism and its history and angry at everyone but himself. I advise Spike not to take interest in the issue Some brilliant moments. That is about it. A massive dosage of self-proclaimed profundity of Spike Lee's -- unfortunately, he lacks both philosophy and narrative palletes to materialize and expand the issue. It is as though Spike is full of self-pity when it comes to the issue of racism and its history and angry at everyone but himself. I advise Spike not to take interest in the issue he has never been genetically part of. Can you dig my philosophy, Spike? Then, why shoud we dig yours? Amazing abundance of miscasting and hence bad performances culminated by Damon's, for which I have to question Spike's sincerity as a director as well (no doubt of his "sincerity" as a visionary and issue raiser). How can anyone miss that Damon's character may lose interest after only 5 minutes from the opening? Without Womack and Honeycut, the film is dead, and they are given only a few moments of short personal conflict and comic relief respectively. To keep it short, I can conclude only that 1) as a visionary, Spike is full of self-grandeur and self-pity, which he channels into anger at every direction and eventually buries, in a spectcularly masturbatory, contradicting manner, what to do about the issue, and 2) as a director, he lost a grip in this movie and made it into a string of disjointed events. On the dvd, Spike made a short comment to the effect that his portrayal of a Jewish publicist does not indicate that he is anti-semitic. But, after watching the film, I can't help but get impressed that Spike would call a racist anyone who portrays a black publicist in the manner you did the Jewish counterpart. This suggests that Spike lacks objectvity, which I suspect is the main reason that Spike fails to expand the issue both philosophically and cinematically. In other words, too much subjectivity in observation and self-pity in himself to be even satiric. I would give only 3 out of 10 if not for the audacity to bring the issue out. I just hope someone would make a more meaning obsrvation of the issue on screen. Oh yeah, a white or asian director may do because it does not take first person experience to see the universal humanity in the issue. It may not be as direct or as personal. Yet, the lack of directness and being personal may do more good. Expand
  2. AlessioP.
    Jun 28, 2009
    4
    Basically, it's a mediocre film, like could be one made by college students. And I'm not talking only about the technique (the camera is always shaking, and the p.of views are questionable) or the acting (amateurish at best) but of the theme itself. Everyone is a caricature, a forced portrait of a stereotype. The end leaves you unsatisfied, because no one of the character is Basically, it's a mediocre film, like could be one made by college students. And I'm not talking only about the technique (the camera is always shaking, and the p.of views are questionable) or the acting (amateurish at best) but of the theme itself. Everyone is a caricature, a forced portrait of a stereotype. The end leaves you unsatisfied, because no one of the character is worth to stand up and worthy express an opinion: they are all stupid or out-of-reality regretful about racism. This is my first Lee movie, and since now i thought he was a great director since he is so famous. Until now. Expand
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. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    27
    If Lee's intention was to cement our loathing of blackface comedy, he's succeeded all too well.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    88
    Nothing seriously detracts from the film's overall brilliance.
  3. The film's as chaotic and heavy-handed as "Summer of Sam" without the same sense of harsh reality.