Red Hook Summer
Red Hook Summer (2012)

Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

For the most part it's all rather pleasant, if somewhat aimless.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

When Spike Lee fails he fails big, and he goes down in flames with "Red Hook Summer."

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It comes off embarrassingly amateurish at times, but other times the sentimental moments will captivate you, but only for a moment.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Lee's typically paradoxical statements on race and religion muddle the narrative, and his old stylistic tricks -- saturated color schemes, characters addressing the camera -- aren't exactly inspired.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Lee's latest film feels like several intriguing ideas in search of an over-arching story.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I still cannot fathom whatever point Lee's trying to make here, or why he would derail his not-bad summer idyll with such a nuclear bomb.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The story is static for about 90 minutes, then rises to action, but in a way that seems impromptu, either made up on the spot or ill-considered.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

This coming-of-age portrait provides one more instance of Lee as one of this country's finest cinematic regionalists.

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Tim Grierson

"Red Hook Summer" has so much life, so much verve. Spike Lee always makes movies you want to wrestle with, even if the rewards this time around aren't as worthwhile.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
As much as I enjoyed Clarke Peters's performance, this was a movie that felt like a pale imitation of Lee's groundbreaking early work. It could easily… More
Chris Weber
Another entry in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn series, this is the tale of Flik Royale, a sullen boy from middle-class Atlanta who is sent to spend… More
Walter M.
In "Red Hook Summer," Colleen(De'Adre Aziza) drops her thirteen year old son Flik(Jules Brown) off in Brooklyn to spend the summer with her… More