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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. This is a terrific movie: jolting, savage, horrifically funny, nightmarishly exciting but also brainy and compassionate.
  2. 88
    Lee has a wealth of material here, and the film tumbles through it with exuberance.
  3. The most refreshing thing about Summer of Sam is that it doesn't try to impose a moral or define the limits of its story.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    A thick stew of sex, violence and suspicion, Lee's movie -- spiked up with a virtually nonstop soundtrack -- definitely has the power to jangle your nerves.
  5. 67
    An intelligent, viscerally kinetic throw-down, a jolt of pure adrenalized Spike that holds more than a few touches of genius in its overripe storyline.
  6. A glum and unpleasant experience, caught between what it wants to do and how it has chosen to do it.
  7. If there's any moral to this sorry story, perhaps Lee's stealth-message is it: Even when it's not about race, it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4