Red Hook Summer 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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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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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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Chicago Tribune

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

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

By vincehny
I have to agree with another reviewer that has already posted. This movie is not Spike's best. This movie is apparently supposed to be viewed through the young boy's eyes. However, the young kids...

I was Blinded sided by Red Hook.

By merkmurphy
the acting was very natural and human like. every character seemed as close to the real thing as they possibly could. tho i felt as if i was actually in church for lengthy parts of the film, it was...

This is an amazing movie

By clinix1
Red Hook Summer is a spectacular story. This is a very emotional movie where you treasure friendship, importance of family, and how incredible young people are. You love these characters, they are...

Great Job Spike!

By iwatchmovies22
Great Movie! this story needs to be told! Great work from the direction to the cast!...

Red Hook Summer

Loved it! As a Spike Lee fan, I like the story he told here and his imagery and use of music. As always, Spike uses those4 elements to move his stories in a certain way. This film did NOT...

Red Hook Summer

By Smokey Big Bear
This latest film by Spike Lee is for individuals who appreciate a fine art film, with intellectual depth surrounding the complexities of life, to the deeper questions of our desire and commitment to...

Red Hook Summer

By krazek83
Great movie. Spike Lee did a wonderful job....

red hook summer

By mrslatebeats
Powerful and moving film. Well worth the journey it takes you on. Spike does a incredible coming of age story....

Red Hook Summer

By janncoles
The actor who portrayed the peacher was very very good; however, I got so tired of hearing his long preachy sermons. The whole movie had too much preaching in it. The story didn't make sense to...

It was ok.

By bluprl94
The movie moved slow and the plot needed work, but I know that this is how Spike Lee does his movies. The characters were pretty good but needed some fine tuning on their skills. I would have rather...

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Rated R | For A Disturbing Situation, Language and Brief Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Complex Spike Lee drama starts hopeful, turns very dark.
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