Clockers (1995)

The grim realities of drug dealers' lives provides the basis for this gritty drama. The story centers on Strike, a 19-year old drug dealer who lives in the Brooklyn projects. When Strike agrees to help a local drug lord kill one of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 13, 1995
DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

There is a force and focus in Lee's work, an absence of intellectual posturing and a willingness to let his material speak for itself that he has not achieved before.

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Time Out

The result is a more sober, mournful and meditative expressionism than you'd expect. That's not to say the film isn't suspenseful, but the director's distaste for the inner city's gun culture is clear to see. Superbly acted.

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Jason Bailey

There's no denying the movie's greatness: the depth of the characters, the urgency of its narrative, the nightmarishness of its vision.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The performances are strong, but the spectator often feels adrift in an overly busy intrigue.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Helping make these points is as strong a cast as Lee has yet worked with.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Clockers leaves you with a sense of aching sadness, a regretful melancholy for the lives that have been blasted and the wrong decisions that have been made. Once again, Spike Lee has done the right thing.

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Todd McCarthy

A study of the urban dope-dealing culture and its toll on everyone who comes in contact with it, the picture has an insider's feel that is constantly undercut by the filmmaker's impulse to editorialize.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Has the strengths of Spike Lee's best work without the preachiness and gimmicky camera moves of his weakest.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Spike Lee brings way too much baggage for the movie to work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Based on a novel by Richard Price, who co-wrote the script with director Spike Lee, this is a grim and gritty look at how a police procedural affects the… More
Ken Stachnik
My favorite part of this film is Lee's use of color. Through the production design and the use of reversal film stock, Clockers' colors really pop.… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
"See, dis is where all da money at, ma lil nigga. how you think i got dat fat-ass train set ova dere?"
Tim Sigur
My favorite Spike Lee film with an amazing performance from Delroy Lindo.
Conner Rainwater
It's enjoyable at times, but it was a lot more of a small scope compared to Lee's other movies. When it wants to be political it's too obvious,… More
Dean King
A cool film by Spike Lee, if you liked Do the right thing and like films like Boyz N the hood this is a good mix of both genres. Has a slight twist and will… More