Bamboozled (2000)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bamboozled is too heavy-handed in its satire and comes across as more messy and overwrought than biting.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is basically sloppy, all-over-the-map filmmaking with few hints of self-criticism and few genuine laughs.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

At his best, Spike Lee is too brave to be subtle.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Provocative Spike Lee movie for older teens.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

If Mr. Lee meant to bring back blackface entertainment as a metaphor for the current black performers he finds obnoxious, he has miscalculated.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

You won't look at race onscreen the same way again.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lee, in his least commercial film, shoots for controversy but loses focus.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Lee's satire on American TV is an intriguing failure.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
For this feature, respected writer/director Spike Lee decided to make a satire concerns race in American culture, specifically television, and how racist… More
Alexander Wilson
Spike Lee's film is certainly a fascinating premise. A satire of network television's pitfalls and prejudices, a peek into the way blacks have been… More
Conner Rainwater
At this point in Spike Lee's career, it's almost at a point where enough is enough. His heavy handed messages about racism are sometimes very well… More
John Ballantine
Most people avoided this film but I think it is one of the more original offerings from Spike Lee. This truly becomes a very disturbing film for all the right… More
Devon Bott
Spike Lee delivers an intentionally shocking and racist film that winds up being shockingly racist in unintentional ways. Damon Wayans plays either an erudite… More
Kit X
Watch it with commentary, Spike Lee's commentary is better that the film itself. could have been a great film, but ultimately it disappoints because of… More