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  • Summary: In this third installment of Barry Levinson's Baltimore trilogy, the youngest son of a middle-class Jewish family pushes the accepted social boundaries of the day by dressing as Hitler for Halloween and pursuing a romantic friendship with a black classmate, as his brother pursues a girl from the other side of the tracks, and his father maintains a numbers racket. Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
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  1. Levinson is so skillful at developing personalities, even among the story's would-be villains, that by the halfway point of the movie, every gesture and expression has unexpected depth and texture. The performances are across-the-board superb.
  2. Demonstrates what writer-director Levinson does best: evoke the sights, smells and atmosphere of his youth with intelligence, humor and a keen sense of social perspective.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    A languorous, funny and lovingly detailed memory film.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Just a good time at the movies, but it's still a smarter two hours than most "good times" are.
  5. Filmed in a quietly impressionistic style and splendidly acted by a well-chosen cast, the movie would be a top-of-the-line entertainment if its delicately balanced perspective weren't marred by a few moments of racially insensitive excess.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Levinson brings it all back home to Baltimore and delivers his funniest and most heartfelt film since "Diner."
  7. 40
    Told from too many perspectives, the narrative puts suspense above substance, and its social consciousness seems contrived.

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