Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing (1989)

Director Spike Lee dives head-first into a maelstrom of racial and social ills, using as his springboard the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, where a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 30, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Lee cagily provides a litmus test for racial attitudes in 1989, but he does so by destroying the integrity of his characters, black and white.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Lee's movie is anything but minimalist. It is bursting with character, color, incident and music, including a militant rap number performed by Public Enemy.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

[A] movie that gives us the vitality of urban street life and the viciousness of racism in a single, brightly bedecked, booby-trapped package.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A powerful and persuasive look at an ethnic community and what makes it tick--funky, entertaining, packed with insight, and political in the best, most responsible sense.

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Spike Lee combines a forceful statement on race relations with solid entertainment values.

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Odie Henderson
Movie Mezzanine

My rowdy audience at Do The Right Thing did not cheer the riot, nor did one break out at the end. Like me, they left having seen a reflection of their own lives onscreen.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film -- at once stylised and realistic -- buzzes throughout with the sheer, edgy bravado that comes from living one's life on the streets. It looks, sounds, and feels right.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Captures a sense of black pride in the late '80s that's caught between essentialism and pop-culture commercialism. Trash-talking racism, distrust, and males' insistence on respect blaze the story along a path that LA would burn with its 1992 riots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
Remember the days when Spike Lee's "joints" has a real edge and potency to them? Nowadays, he's rolling out more generic, Hollywood tripe… More
Lucas Martins
Not just a film about the theme, but also a manifesto against the racism. Do The Right Thing by Spike Lee it's a view about a neighborhood were exist a… More
Spencer S.
I have heard varied opinions on what people seem to take away from this Spike Lee helmed indie, which became a conversation starter in the world of race… More
KJ Proulx
Spike Lee displays racism in the most brutal way possible, creating an atmosphere that will make you laugh, cry, and wish you could get in on the commotion. As… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Spike Lee's impressionistic love letter to Bed-Stuy, NY, NY, has plenty of head scratchin' moments, but ultimately wins over with this… More
Graham Jones
The hottest day of the year on a block in Brooklyn, NY, this masterpiece from Spike Lee is an amazing look at race relations. Also filled with vibrant colors, a… More