Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time.
  2. Lee has forged a work of art in the classic sense -- art that delights and instructs.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    It is a subtle and humane entertainment with a refreshingly serious view of the world.
  4. 100
    There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
  5. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    A movie made by filmmaker working in sync with his times -- an exciting, disturbing, provocative film.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Combines a forceful statement on race relations with solid entertainment values.
  7. This is a powerful and persuasive look at an ethnic community and what makes it tick.
  8. 100
    This is a sumptuous work, from its unconventional title sequence of a woman dancing hard in the streets to its provocative ending with conflicting quotes from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr .[30 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
  9. Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    Has more originality, nitty-gritty humor, spirit and spunk than all the summer blockbuster retreads combined. Underneath the jousting and jiving, there's a sharp, uncompromising look at the anatomy of a race riot in the movie. [30 June 1989, Daily Notebook, p.E3]
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
  11. Reviewed by: Carmel Dagan
    Witty portrait of a troubled community.
  12. 100
    Stirred up impassioned debate everywhere; it would seem the greatest compliment that could be paid a stunning entertainment. [30 June 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]
  13. A remarkable piece of work. [30 June 1989]
  14. There's a great deal in black America that has yet to reach the screen, and Lee is a prime candidate, in gift and gall, to help fill the gap. [July 3, 1989]
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    To accept the film, though, one must first understand its point of view, and that is maddeningly difficult. All we know for certain is that Do the Right Thing is not naturalistic. [July 3, 1989]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. Jvr
    Jan 1, 2014
    Great movie!!! But, wtf is up with the Sal part? So he blames him for radio? This was terrible in the end. Still good movie, I give it a 7. This was a great movie but it seems like African America must get even in order for things to be right. Well, this was in the past so I might no understand but I'm glad things have changed. Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    Horrible movie. Sure, it raises a good point about how race relations turns into tragedy, but at the end, it just makes you hate everyone in the movie and wish for it to end. Ultimately, the only tragedy is how bad the movie wound up being. In addition, even before the "tragic" ending, it was beyond boring and I almost shut it off, but wanted to see how it would end. Boy was I disappointed. Full Review »
  3. Jun 19, 2013
    1989's Do The Right Thing Is My Eighth Favorite Film Of All Time, It's My Fourth Favorite Drama Film, My Favorite Spike Lee Film And My Second Favorite Universal Pictures Film. Full Review »