School Daze
School Daze (1988)

The conflict between light-skinned and dark-skinned African Americans in a traditional black university is the subject of Spike Lee's semi-autobiographical film. This comedy-drama follows its ensemble cast over the course of the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 30, 2001
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Critic Score
58%
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82%



Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

Lee has a small, intimate talent; here, he goes for the big podium and blows it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Although the film has big structural problems and leaves a lot of loose ends, there was never a moment when it didn't absorb me.

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Film4

Some of the issues get lost in the mix, but strong performances by Lee and Fishburne make this a watchable and thought-provoking venture.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

For every tough-minded confrontation between the different student factions, School Daze is apt to offer a love scene less than vital to the plot, or an overlong musical scene whose effect is that of treading water.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Spike Lee had something in mind while he shot School Daze, his follow-up to the cult hit She's Gotta Have It. Unfortunately it's still lodged behind his cranium.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The film's political issues are far more interesting than its artistic attributes--this messy picture feels as if Spike Lee is just incidentally interested in what makes musical movies work

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

School Daze, with its pompous patchwork plot, is an arrogant, humorless, sexist mess.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A shapeless mess that falls far short of the high expectations created by Lee's first feature.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The film's central argument is that black matriculation is undercut by internal divisions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Some truly funny scenes and pretty entertaining song-and-dance numbers. But just too slow -- it was about half an hour too long.
Conner Rainwater
It's a truly unique breed of film. It's not quite a comedy or a drama or a coming of age story, but a collaboration of the three. Spike Lee shows that… More
Chris Weber
This is producer/writer/director/co-star Spike Lee's sophmore effort: a musical dramedy set at a HBCU (historically black college or university) over the… More
Megan S
Good movie with an important message. The musical numbers were pretty funny. But the end was terribly hokey, like that would ever work in real life.
AJ Verser
I think the main problem with this movie is that it doesn't have a wide enough audience. It's audience is pretty much just African Americans who went… More
Donna Dawson
Crazy movie! Spike Lee's movies always intrigued me, but this one...was a bit too cheesy, yet amusing on his insight of college life amongst the black… More