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Spike Lee and his siblings Cinque Lee and Joie Lee co-wrote this nostalgic but unglamorized look at a family growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, inspired by their own childhood. Woody Carmichael (Delroy Lindo) is a jazz musician whose career is in a slump; he once made a good living as a session musician, but he has moved away from it to devote himself to more serious music, a choice that has not worked out well from a financial standpoint. His wife Carolyn (Alfre Woodard) works as a school teacher to keep food on the table. The Carmichaels have five children, a bright and introspective… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lee is a great self-promoter. After all his press releases and all his interviews, we are given films that are sketchy, unfelt and distancing -- incidents in Lee's career, the only drama that really interests him."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An affectionate look at youthful adventures."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Um dos melhores trabalhos de Spike Lee, este filme foi solenemente ignorado pela Academia - uma mancha que o Oscar carregará para sempre em seu histórico."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The key problem is that the film is simply a ragged series of anecdotal sketches."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Modulating from heavy to light, from angry to lyrical, and so on, the movie's an enjoyable, emotional symphony."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's not Lee's most challenging work, but it's certainly amongst his most charming."
‑ , Film4
"Loosely based on Spike Lee's growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, the casual, warm, apolitical (for Lee) script took a life of its own during the development process."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Standard Spike Lee fare, which means it comes with its high and low points."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz,
"It's the first Spike Lee film with the potential to be turned into a television show. More important, it's the first one to display real warmth of heart."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Lee is as talented as any director is capturing an era, and some of the early scenes perfectly recall the mood of the time. The pop soundtrack may be a little too obvious, but it gets the job done."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A sub-par vision of Brooklyn with some bright spots"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"One of Lee's more modest but admirable pieces."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Uneven Lee film -- and the reel printed in uncorrected 'scope is a really bad idea."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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