(2002)

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Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The result is a film of sadness and power, the first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
100
25th Hour struck me as one of the best movies of 2002, but it's also a film that will strike some of its audience as ethically dubious or threatening.
100
The movie is flawed by implausible psychology and moments of weak acting. But it's more than redeemed by Lee's passionate ideas about America today.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
The film is unusual for not having a plot or a payoff.
88
New York Post
Norton, returning to cracking form, doesn't try to make the selfish and smug Monty sympathetic -- but he lights up the screen, especially in two fantasy sequences.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Lee, as he did in ''Malcolm X'' and ''Clockers,'' makes his hero's dread palpable, and though 25th Hour lacks the glittering brilliance of those films, I was held by the toughness and pity of Lee's gaze.
75
In a multiplex filled with empty New Year vessels (take that, Kangaroo Jack), this holdover grabs you hard.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
It could have been more taut, could have been harder, but 25th Hour still resonates with power and poetry.
70
Wall Street Journal
Edward Norton makes an art of self-containment. No contemporary actor gives less away to more effect, and he's at his closely held best in 25th Hour, a drama of redemption, directed by Spike Lee, that seldom rises to the level of his performance.
50
Hour not only acknowledges the attacks -- they're a running theme. Lee opens his movie with a shot of the beaming blue spotlights that mark where the twin towers once stood.
50
New York Daily News
To say Spike Lee is repeating himself is itself repetitious -- he is getting B-O-R-I-N-G!

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