Passing Strange
Passing Strange (2009)

In this astounding and explosive documentary, Spike Lee captures the eponymous Broadway musical show written by singer/songwriter Stew. The resulting work unites revelatory theater with superb filmmaking, raising the whole to a dizzyingly… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Consensus: Spike Lee's document of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange is every bit as compelling onscreen as it was on stage.

Noel Murray
AV Club

Lee doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to filming live theater, but he moves the camera artfully and edits with an energy that matches the music. And he makes good use of close-ups, capturing the sweaty faces of a troupe of remarkable performers.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The invigorating result, zestily edited by Lee's own inside iron man, Barry Brown, is in every way a knockout.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

Hugely entertaining, poignant, funny and thoughtful.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

You'll probably have to resist the urge to stand up and cheer with the onscreen audience during the emotional curtain call.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Moving, thrilling and new.

Sean Axmaker

It's a joyous production; the music is alive and dynamic, the skits are clever and funny and self-effacing and the show crackles with energy...

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Spike Lee's Passing Strange: The Movie is basically canned musical theater, but this is one Tony-winning Broadway show that's well worth preserving and seeing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I can't single out a performance. This is a superb ensemble, conveying that joy actors feel when hey know they're good in good material.

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Louis Proyect

Interesting that one of the best movies of the year is a filming of a play. That's a sad commentary on Hollywood but sufficient reason to see this uplifting and very witty movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
Flashy filmed performance of a Broadway stage play. Set in the late 1970s, a young black musician rebels against his church-going, middle-class, South Central… More
Jeff Talbott
Your enjoyment of this film will probably be in some sort of equal proportion to your enjoyment of the show (if you saw it). What is great about Spike… More
Julie B
Now this was most excellent. Very entertaining musical with great performances and interesting format. Stew is highly entertaining, and Spike Lee does a great… More
Walter M.
In 1976, a young man(Daniel Breaker) is sleeping in on a Sunday morning in South Central Los Angeles. His mother(Eisa Davis) has other plans for him including… More