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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]
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]
Chicago Sun-Times
It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time.
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]
The New York Times
A remarkable piece of work. [30 June 1989]
There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Lee has forged a work of art in the classic sense -- art that delights and instructs.
Combines a forceful statement on race relations with solid entertainment values.
The New Republic
There's a great deal in black America that has yet to reach the screen, and Lee is a prime candidate, in gift and gall, to help fill the gap. [July 3, 1989]
To accept the film, though, one must first understand its point of view, and that is maddeningly difficult. All we know for certain is that Do the Right Thing is not naturalistic. [July 3, 1989]

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