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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 detective who with his partner Carmen Velez (Vanessa L. Williams) has been assigned to a racially motivated murder case, in which a black college student was killed in front of a restaurant by Walter Williams Jr. (Christian Bale), the sociopathic son of a New York construction tycoon, who then fled the country rather than face prosecution. Diane Palmieri (Toni… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Finally, someone has remembered how to remake a slick, bang-bang action movie."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"doesn't have the same historical impact as the original .... but entertaining"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Shaft quickly splits into two different movies, and only one of them fully succeeds."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Despite a fairly intriguing first hour that captures the original film's leisurely pace and street-smart mood, what finally conks Shaft's afro is a third act that lacks a compelling, forward-moving plot."
‑ Jon Niccum,
"Se não revoluciona o gênero com suas batidas cenas de ação, Shaft consegue, ao menos, resgatar um personagem interessante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Packs a ton of style and solid laughs, but in the end, it's mostly a hollow experience..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Jackson strives mightily to unify the story, but the job is too much for him. Once again a studio action movie went before the camera before the script was ready."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Even with a pro like Samuel L. Jackson in the title role, it has a hard time keeping the balls in the air."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"What really clicks are some of the stars."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A guilty pleasure for adults and older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Samuel L. Jackson, who broke out of the pack in Pulp Fiction, fits the role and his leather Armani coat as though it's tailor-made. He's the man, and we can dig it."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"a surprisingly successful update of what many regard as the best of the "blaxploitation" films of the early 1970s. It owes most of its success to Jackson, who hasn't had such a meaty role since "Pulp Fiction"..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A messy, slapdash remake of Gordon Parks' overheated and overrated 1971 blaxploitation cash-in."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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