• Released
  • August 10, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • R , 2 hr 1 min
  • Drama
  • 29 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A well-to-do Atlanta teen documents a summer spent in Brooklyn with his devout grandfather.

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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The new drama, best viewed as a church movie, is a return to the kind of corner-chat indie cinema Lee revolutionized, with an emphasis on a...
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80

Boxoffice Magazine

By Ray Greene
Red Hook Summer begins as a gentle character comedy and then erupts into a sudden reversal that is possibly the most powerful and...
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75

Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The seamless juxtaposition of faith and pain, innocence and guilt, allows the film to transcend Spike Lee's occasional bombastic moments...
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It's a scramble, marked by the unruly variety of visual strategies Lee prefers.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is Lee at his most spontaneous and sincere, but he could have used another screenplay draft, and perhaps a few more transitional...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Red Hook Summer has some fantastic gospel numbers, but as drama it's a casserole that never comes together.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
We have little to hang onto once the film falls apart. Between the ongoing sermonizing and that final, sharp shock - which is gravely...
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

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Lee's latest rambles through almost two hours of unfocused drama, burdened with endless didactic editorializing, before lurching out of...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
How many doubts can Lee possibly cram into one motion picture? Red Hook Summer has almost too many to count: moments that go clunk,...
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12

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Formerly a maker of bad, but at least angry, movies, Spike Lee now seems to be trying to be the world's oldest student filmmaker. Take out...
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Rated R | For A Disturbing Situation, Language and Brief Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Complex Spike Lee drama starts hopeful, turns very dark.
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EDUCATIONAL VALUE
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
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