Spook Who Sat By the Door
Spook Who Sat By the Door (1973)

Sam Greenlee's cult favorite novel of political unrest was brought to the screen in this drama, which also earned a small but loyal following. A congressman hoping to attract African-American voters during an election year decides to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

It is such a mixture of passion, humor, hindsight, prophecy, prejudice and reaction that the fact that it's not a very well-made movie, and is seldom convincing as melodrama, is almost beside the point.

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Peter Hanson
Film Threat

So fiery, smart and entertaining that the lack of finesse hardly matters.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Possibly the most radical of the blaxploitation films of the 70s, this movie was an overnight success when released in 1973, then was abruptly taken out of distribution for reasons still not entirely clear.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

...a document of social revolt that still bristles with a timely, and timeless, impression of righteousness and intelligence.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unabashedly bigoted, stridently hateful, it wants to be incendiary and controversial, but only manages thuggish and dull.

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

One of the few uncompromised representations of black armed resistance in the United States.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
One of the most radical blaxsplotation films I've ever seen.
Cassandra Maples
I took the message of self determination and exploiting the exploitative system to take skills and knowledge back to ones own community. Inspiring. Using… More
Daniel Hetteix
A difficult film, both for someone to make in the 70's, and for a modern audience to swallow, but both Film and Novel take their subject matter seriously.… More