Red Hook Summer


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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  1. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Jul 20, 2012
    Red Hook Summer begins as a gentle character comedy and then erupts into a sudden reversal that is possibly the most powerful and disturbing sequence Lee has ever created. It's a film that makes you laugh, weep, rage and gasp, and, love it or hate it, you will definitely talk about it afterward.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 22, 2012
    Here is Lee at his most spontaneous and sincere, but he could have used another screenplay draft, and perhaps a few more transitional scenes.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 23, 2012
    It's a scramble, marked by the unruly variety of visual strategies Lee prefers.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 10, 2012
    This is a film made by a wiser man who recognizes that everybody's looking for salvation in their own way. In the end, as the camera revisits the cast of broken, fallen characters, we may realize that Red Hook, as far as Spike Lee is concerned, is a state of mind.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Aug 6, 2012
    The seamless juxtaposition of faith and pain, innocence and guilt, allows the film to transcend Spike Lee's occasional bombastic moments and become a strong examination of internal suffering.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Jul 28, 2012
    Ultimately, Lee's clarity of vision hasn't been this sharp or unique since before "Crooklyn," and it's thrilling with Red Hook Summer to witness a return to the technique – and most of all, emotional wallop – that even today continues to give his films an enduring life as both entertainment, and enlightenment.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 7, 2012
    The new drama, best viewed as a church movie, is a return to the kind of corner-chat indie cinema Lee revolutionized, with an emphasis on a towering performance by The Wire's Clarke Peters as a local bishop inflamed with the Word.

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