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130 Ratings

Red Hook Summer

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 2012


A young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he’s never seen before.

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Red Hook Summer Directed by Spike Lee
It initially feels relatively conventional… Yet Lee’s treatment of Enoch’s sermons in the Lil’ Peace of Heaven Baptist Church, as spectacles unrelated to any obvious narrative or thematic point, pushes the film into far more interesting territory, and a surprise revelation casts everything we have seen in a new light, suggesting that viewpoints hitherto positioned as untenable might have some validity (a reminder of how much Lee has in common with Otto Preminger).
April 29, 2016
Working on his smallest narrative budget since She’s Gotta Have It, Lee’s film is a loving, astonishingly vital testament to the perseverance of the medium, a colorful rebuke to the seemingly insurmountable monetization of an art form, and a dizzyingly brilliant treatise on how little and how much your origins matter.
January 11, 2013
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Lumpy with allusions to Do the Right Thing (including the filmmaker himself cameoing as Mookie, now with salt-and-pepper stubble but still carrying pizzas), the film hops back and forth from vibrant street theater to studied awkwardness. When it sticks to the leonine Peters, however, it sears.
September 04, 2012
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