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  • Summary: Make yourself at home with the Carmichael family as they experience one very special summer in their Brooklyn neighborhood that they've affectionately nicknamed "Crooklyn". A loving, but fiercely independent mother along with her musician husband (Delroy Lindo) struggles to raise her family in difficult but often wonderful circumstances. (Universal Studios)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. It's a movie that's so personal, naked and vulnerable that you can understand why some of its humor seems rough, some of its visuals excessive. But Crooklyn has a quality not as obvious in any Lee film since "Do the Right Thing": the sense of a whole world opening, rich and real, before your eyes. [13 May 1994, p.A]
  2. 88
    Crooklyn is not in any way an angry film. But thinking about the difference between its world and ours can make you angry, and I think that was one of Lee's purposes here.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings.
  4. Messy as the semiautobiographical Crooklyn often is, it succeeds in becoming a touching and generous family portrait, a film that exposes welcome new aspects of this director's talent.
  5. Crooklyn has a warm, nostalgic, spilling-over-the-edges effusiveness that is new to Lee's work. At the same time, the movie often seems every bit as high-strung as the family it's about.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Both leads and young Harris make Crooklyn an exasperating might-have-been, especially given the movie's surprisingly affecting wrap-up. There's no dearth of human feeling here, but a dearth of craft. [13 May 1994, p.8D]
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    20
    Our natural sympathy for the Carmichaels is sabotaged by crude and careless moviemaking.

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  1. Sep 26, 2011
    5
    Touching at times, yes, funny, even more so, but ultimately boring, and when not boring, annoying. Actually the superb child actors and the great 70s soundtrack are the only things that make it worthwhile.
    Rather go for Do The Right Thing.
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