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Pierre Delacroix is a hip, young, Harvard-educated writer who is the sole person of color working for an upstart network with floundering ratings. Despite several attempts, Delacroix has yet to see any of his concepts go into production. Now his boss, the ratings-hungry, culture-vulture Dunwitty, issues him a searing ultimatum: come up with a hot, trend-setting, headline-making, urban hit or get fired. Feeling doomed, Delacroix decides to present the most outrageous, unbelievable farce of stereotypical comedy he can imagine - hearkening back to the old days of "black-face" minstrels… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is basically sloppy, all-over-the-map filmmaking with few hints of self-criticism and few genuine laughs."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"At his best, Spike Lee is too brave to be subtle."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Provocative Spike Lee movie for older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A particularly painful mess, because it begins so well and has such promise."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Lee's basing the movie in satire was a smart move because in it he can push the envelope harder than drama or straight comedy would have allowed."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"If Mr. Lee meant to bring back blackface entertainment as a metaphor for the current black performers he finds obnoxious, he has miscalculated."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"You won't look at race onscreen the same way again."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Lee, in his least commercial film, shoots for controversy but loses focus."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...where most of us in his audience will lean forward to hear a whisper, we turn away from a shout. Oh, how Bamboozled shouts."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"He hammers his point home until the viewer is emotionally beaten into submission and manipulated into a consenting stance."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"Lee's satire on American TV is an intriguing failure."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Poor Mantan Moreland and Hattie McDaniel and all the rest are made to take the rap in this movie for contributing to a legacy of racist degradation. One would think, given what they were up against, that a bit more sympathy might be shown to these people."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Spike Lee's shotgun attack on the treatment of blacks in television and the blurring of image and identity is a brilliant rant that digresses into repetitive sermonizing."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"The director's new masterpiece is a summation of nearly everything he has learned as a filmmaker, and about black culture, but he doesn't feel the need to beat the audience over the head for each lesson he's trying to impart."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Spike Lee has made one of the few films in the year 2000 that is actually about something, and for that he deserves great credit."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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