Crooklyn (1994)

Spike Lee and his siblings Cinque Lee and Joie Lee co-wrote this nostalgic but unglamorized look at a family growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, inspired by their own childhood. Woody Carmichael (Delroy Lindo) is a jazz musician whose… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 13, 1994
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Lee is a great self-promoter. After all his press releases and all his interviews, we are given films that are sketchy, unfelt and distancing -- incidents in Lee's career, the only drama that really interests him.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.

TV Guide

While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The key problem is that the film is simply a ragged series of anecdotal sketches.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Modulating from heavy to light, from angry to lyrical, and so on, the movie's an enjoyable, emotional symphony.

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It's not Lee's most challenging work, but it's certainly amongst his most charming.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's the first Spike Lee film with the potential to be turned into a television show. More important, it's the first one to display real warmth of heart.

James Berardinelli

Lee is as talented as any director is capturing an era, and some of the early scenes perfectly recall the mood of the time. The pop soundtrack may be a little too obvious, but it gets the job done.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sub-par vision of Brooklyn with some bright spots

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Carolyn: Wendell, PLEASE close your mouth when you chew! Wendell: Why can't you let me eat in peace for once? Carolyn: Because you disturbing the peace!… More
Jasen LaBorde
So many of Spike Lee's movies really speak to me despite his experimental musings. For me Crooklyn is personal and nostalgic. So much of this movie reminds… More
Conner Rainwater
While I commend Spike Lee for trying to make a coming of age story for an African American audience and white audience alike, it does nothing to change the… More
Marcus Woolcott
Good coming-of-age tale let down by a lack of story and some two-dimensional characters
Robert C
A sweet and sentimental look at childhood in 1970's New York City. The 'kinder gentler' side of Spike Lee. A real high-point for his career… More
Leo L
A personal favorite. Love this movie!