(2002)

Critic Reviews

67

Metascore

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100
The result is a film of sadness and power, the first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
100
Chicago Tribune
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.
90
Chicago Reader
The film persuades us to think long and hard about what prison means, and Lee has shaped it like a poem that builds into an epic lament, especially in a beautiful and tragic closing that risks absurdity to achieve the sublime.
78
Austin Chronicle
Isn't Lee's most personal piece, but it may very well be his most mature.
75
Miami Herald
Lee delivers a beautiful evocation of the American Dream in its simplest, purest form.
75
It could have been more taut, could have been harder, but 25th Hour still resonates with power and poetry.
67
Lee doesn't seem to have the slightest sympathy for his hero, no particular point is made, and the whole exercise seems cold and empty.
67
Portland Oregonian
An engaging if not riveting film based on David Benioff's adaptation of his own novel. It's not nearly Lee's best picture, and it's guilty of a few wrong turns that only a confident filmmaker could make, but it's assured and, perhaps more importantly, reassuring.
50
Slate
At its best, 25th Hour is a melancholy tone poem -- But the movie is also muddled by its own ambitions. There is simply no connection between the themes of Benioff's screenplay and 9/11, and every time Lee over-inflates the story, he loses its real pulse.
30
There are two films at war in director Spike Lee's newest feature 25th Hour, one uninteresting, the other an epic of near-tragic miscalculation.

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