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100
The New York Times
A remarkable piece of work. [30 June 1989]
100
Los Angeles Times
Stirred up impassioned debate everywhere; it would seem the greatest compliment that could be paid a stunning entertainment. [30 June 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]
100
Chicago Sun-Times
It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Has more originality, nitty-gritty humor, spirit and spunk than all the summer blockbuster retreads combined. Underneath the jousting and jiving, there's a sharp, uncompromising look at the anatomy of a race riot in the movie. [30 June 1989, Daily Notebook, p.E3]
100
USA Today
This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
100
There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
100
Chicago Tribune
This is a sumptuous work, from its unconventional title sequence of a woman dancing hard in the streets to its provocative ending with conflicting quotes from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr .[30 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
100
Mr. Showbiz
Witty portrait of a troubled community.
90
It is a subtle and humane entertainment with a refreshingly serious view of the world.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Lee has forged a work of art in the classic sense -- art that delights and instructs.

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