Universal Pictures | Release Date: June 30, 1989 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
91
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 15 Critics
Positive:
14
Mixed:
1
Negative:
0
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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]
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]
100
Mr. ShowbizCarmel Dagan
Witty portrait of a troubled community.
100
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]
70
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]
100
A remarkable piece of work. [30 June 1989]
60
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]
100
This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]