Passing Strange The Movie Synopsis
Spike Lee films the Broadway musical about a young man who leaves Los Angeles to explore Europe.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I can't single out a performance. This is a superb ensemble, conveying hat joy actors feel when hey know they're good in good material....
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

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In directing the film, Lee allows the show's inherent vitality to carry the doc, relying on Stew's charismatic stage presence, the cast's...
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90

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
A show not simply preserved by Mr. Lee’s camera, but brought, somehow, to its fullest, strangest, most electrifying realization.
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90

Village Voice

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Passing Strange conjures a rare kind of theatrical magic with its emotionally raw, frequently euphoric portrait of the artist as a young...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
As for Lee, he clearly relates to this material and the questions of political, musical and family identity he himself raised in films as...
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80

Time Out New York

By Stephen Garrett
Rousing, devastating, invigorating, painful, joyful, soulful--all those adjectives don’t even begin to describe Passing Strange, but it’s a...
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
The cutting is hyperkinetic, yet Lee is always in synch with the cast’s phenomenal energy. He’s in their thrall--and so are we.
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80

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
This first-rate multicamera transcript of a terrific show should delight musical fans (and many who think they aren't) as a niche broadcast...
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Basically canned musical theater, but this is one Tony-winning Broadway show that's well worth preserving and seeing.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The beginning is awkwardly earnest, but the play matures considerably while retaining its youthful energy and enthusiasm
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Mind Blowing

By redcoltken
Saw it at the LA Downtown Film Fest - it was mind bending. The music was driving and the performances top notch....