Not as bad as I thought it would be after reading Kael's, Rosenbaum's and Jim Emerson's pans. Parker knows how to load menace into wordless moments, and most of the time he shows both a patient gaze and a good sense of when to break from it. There are some cheap, garish moments that reminded me of his more flamboyant films, but they're relatively few. In terms of poltics, history and morality it's garbage.
It's not Crash, but it's a bash-over-the-head antiracism film. (Don't interpret that as me being racist; I just don't like preachy movies). Thankfully, it's got three terrific central performances, and Oscar-winning cinematography. It's still a bit disappointing, though.