Shaft (2000)

This action drama puts a new spin on Shaft, one of the key "blaxploitation" films of the 1970s. John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson), the namesake nephew of the legendary private eye (Richard Roundtree), is a street-smart police… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 16, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a charismatic lead, this new Shaft knows how to push the right buttons.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

This new Shaft has the stuff to grab its audience in a big way, maybe even opening up a new franchise.

Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What really clicks are some of the stars.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A guilty pleasure for adults and older teens.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Finally, someone has remembered how to remake a slick, bang-bang action movie.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

doesn't have the same historical impact as the original .... but entertaining

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Shaft quickly splits into two different movies, and only one of them fully succeeds.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Is this a good movie? Not exactly; too much of it is on automatic pilot, as it must be, to satisfy the fans of the original Shaft.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Packs a ton of style and solid laughs, but in the end, it's mostly a hollow experience...

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The primary focus of the film, and the real reason we're here, is to watch Samuel Jackson sink his teeth into the Shaft's trash-talking dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Still the man, any questions? Good Movie! This version is a lot more violent than the original, it didn't seem to be in Shaft's style. The pacing and… More
Alex roy
Shaft is an unimpressive action film that is loosely based on the classic of the same name. I found it quite bad. Shaft didn't thrill me, and frankly, I… More
Chris Weber
This spin off of the classic 70s blaxploitation series is an unfortunately maligned and under appreciated gem. Samuel L. Jackson is perfectly cast a John… More
xGary Xx
Renegade tough guy cop John Shaft sets his sights on an over-privileged racist who murdered an innocent man and skipped bail using his father's influence.… More
<b>Shaft</b> is who SLJ plays in every movie. He is a constant badass in most of his films. I won't say it's a problem. I mean why fix… More
Lenny Muggsy
Blows Shaft.