Do the Right Thing Synopsis
A race riot starts at Sal's (Danny Aiello) pizza parlor on a hot day in Brooklyn.
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
This is a sumptuous work, from its unconventional title sequence of a woman dancing hard in the streets to its provocative ending with...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

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Has more originality, nitty-gritty humor, spirit and spunk than all the summer blockbuster retreads combined. Underneath the jousting and...
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100

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
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100

Mr. Showbiz

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Witty portrait of a troubled community.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
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100

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
A remarkable piece of work. [30 June 1989]
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
Stirred up impassioned debate everywhere; it would seem the greatest compliment that could be paid a stunning entertainment. [30 June 1989,...
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90

TV Guide

It is a subtle and humane entertainment with a refreshingly serious view of the world.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Lee has forged a work of art in the classic sense -- art that delights and instructs.
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Spike Lee's masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.
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