Red Hook Summer
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Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster - until he meets Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"When Spike Lee fails he fails big, and he goes down in flames with "Red Hook Summer.""
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
""Red Hook Summer" has so much life, so much verve. Spike Lee always makes movies you want to wrestle with, even if the rewards this time around aren't as worthwhile."
‑ Tim Grierson, Deadspin
"It's close to bottom-of-the-barrel Lee."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Spike Lee in coasting gear."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Lee's typically paradoxical statements on race and religion muddle the narrative, and his old stylistic tricks -- saturated color schemes, characters addressing the camera -- aren't exactly inspired."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"... shimmers with unfocused energy."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"There's little drama or sense of progression in the movie until the bombshell hits, and then it just whimpers along for another half-hour until the end."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Spike Lee's least crabby vignette in a decade"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The story is static for about 90 minutes, then rises to action, but in a way that seems impromptu, either made up on the spot or ill-considered."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This coming-of-age portrait provides one more instance of Lee as one of this country's finest cinematic regionalists."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Unpolished performances are forgivable in they've got a great story to support them. Unfortunately, this is not a great story."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Lee is, as ever, a gifted image-maker, but his storytelling has gotten so lax over time as to barely register."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Seems to be little but demands much more."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
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