Red Hook Summer
Red Hook Summer (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 2012
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34%



Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

When Spike Lee fails he fails big, and he goes down in flames with "Red Hook Summer."

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Tim Grierson
Deadspin

"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.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... shimmers with unfocused energy.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

This coming-of-age portrait provides one more instance of Lee as one of this country's finest cinematic regionalists.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Unpolished performances are forgivable in they've got a great story to support them. Unfortunately, this is not a great story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
As much as I enjoyed Clarke Peters's performance, this was a movie that felt like a pale imitation of Lee's groundbreaking early work. It could easily… More
Chris Weber
Another entry in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn series, this is the tale of Flik Royale, a sullen boy from middle-class Atlanta who is sent to spend… More
Walter M.
In "Red Hook Summer," Colleen(De'Adre Aziza) drops her thirteen year old son Flik(Jules Brown) off in Brooklyn to spend the summer with her… More