Red Hook Summer

Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 13, 2012
    60
    Although the film features a powerhouse performance by Clarke Peters as Da Good Bishop Enouch Rouse, it's saddled with a sloppy story.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Aug 12, 2012
    60
    The result feels like a sketchbook, both in a good and bad sense; it's alive and spontaneous and surprising in some parts, underdeveloped and shapeless in others.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 9, 2012
    60
    Spike Lee's messy, meandering, bluntly polemical Red Hook Summer has one crucial ingredient: a raw vitality.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jul 20, 2012
    60
    For those expecting Mookie's mid-career encore to signify a return to Spike Lee's roots, Red Hook Summer instead surprises -- and to some extent delights -- as yet another radically unique entry in the director's iconoclastic oeuvre.
  5. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Sep 6, 2012
    58
    This isn't the "Right Thing" in any sense.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 8, 2012
    58
    The film's 121-minute running time is similarly cause for concern. Lee can be tight and focused as a gun-for-hire, but he's always viewed personal projects as irresistible invitations to self-indulgence and overreaching. Red Hook Summer is no exception.
  7. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 23, 2012
    50
    In truth, the film fizzles as much as it fumes.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Aug 13, 2012
    50
    In this bad-better-best movie, the Flik story is the bad, the choir singing much better and Peters the soul-stirring best.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 9, 2012
    50
    It's painful to watch Red Hook Summer stumble, because the man behind it has tried so hard to get his groove back. However, it's energizing in the fleeting moments when he does just that.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 7, 2012
    50
    An alternately evocative and lumbering portrait of a multifaceted community.
  11. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 8, 2012
    42
    Red Hook Summer has some fantastic gospel numbers, but as drama it's a casserole that never comes together.
  12. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 6, 2012
    40
    There's little drama or sense of progression in the movie until the bombshell hits, and then it just whimpers along for another half-hour until the end.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 31, 2012
    40
    At some point, Lee as a storyteller must step in to move things along, to dig the rudder deep into the narrative waters and steer this ship. The destination is almost irrelevant - just steer it somewhere.
  14. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 9, 2012
    40
    We have little to hang onto once the film falls apart. Between the ongoing sermonizing and that final, sharp shock - which is gravely mishandled - we feel cowed into submission, rather than led towards enlightenment.

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