25th Hour
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A man has one day to put his life in order before a long stretch in prison in this drama directed by Spike Lee. Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) is a man who came from a working class family in New York. Monty's best friends Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Slaughtery (Barry Pepper) went on to distinguished careers as, respectively, a high school teacher and a bonds trader, but Monty took a different path and began dealing drugs. While Monty's trade has made him plenty of money, it hasn't brought him much respect from his family and friends, and while Jacob and Slaughtery have stayed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them."
‑ , Time Out
"Pretty lethargic stuff."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Engaging but violent drama. Not for kids."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"Lee successfully, seamlessly marries his famously inventive visual style with more introspective material."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"One of the more entertaining and thought-provoking Spike Lee Joints in a long while."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"I still think that Mr. Lee has come closer than he ever has before to making the great film about New York City that David Thomson hoped from him in a favorable mini-bio in The New Biographical Dictionary of Film."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's the usual undisciplined, overextended Spike symphony: more fun than it is any good."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Finds beauty in the silver linings and embodies the notion that we're stronger than we usually realize we can be."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Lee builds Monty's story of tortured introspection and his final surprising, desperate act before incarceration through boldly candid conversations and flashbacks."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"'Spike Lee's love of New York, unlike Woody Allen's, has always been more tough than tender.'"
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, Las Vegas Mercury
"Lee and his cast are so adept at getting us acquainted with Monty and these other people that we wind up feeling like we've known them for years."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Lee has created that rarity in filmmaking: a movie we need, right now."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"An under-rated gem, 25th Hour is a powerful story about how the decisions you make in your life, and who you make them with, can ultimately lead to your downfall."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Perhaps Lee's most consistently compelling work since Clockers."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Lee's best, most cohesive and most passionate film since Do the Right Thing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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