• M.D. Perkins

    ★★★★½ Watched by M.D. Perkins 27 Sep, 2014

    Lee starts off his 90's run in a minor key (and Denzel) with this surprisingly poignant character study. Talent can make otherwise conventional material compelling and I found this to be compelling in spades. The performances, the tone, the atmosphere, the pathos. It is not only Lee's determined and vibrant aesthetic, but his sense of observation, his storytelling grace and character detail that are so wonderful. There's also a little self-depricating humor for all the people who were bothered by…


  • Michael Woods

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael Woods 08 Aug, 2014

    "I was born yesterday, but I stayed up all night."


  • DT

    ★★★★ Watched by DT 08 Mar, 2014

    In viewing its own tensions through the prism of show business, Lee’s potency is reduced to a jazzier pace in tackling more universal, if touching lessons in life and love, as race simply becomes part of the scenery. It still pales as the follow-up to Do the Right Thing, but as a vibrant exercise in colour, music and romance, Lee’s sense of humanity and panache remain intact, and sources of fervour in themselves.


  • jhiou

    ★★★★ Watched by jhiou 22 Dec, 2013

    Espetacular, fiquei a saber mais sobre a este tipo de musica, uma herança da raça negra, ao longo do filme teve partes de um enorme cariz emocional, Robin Hughes Harris não poderia estar mais contente, um excelente filme em seu nome :)


  • Michael McCann

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael McCann 01 Jul, 2013

    "I make my living with my lips" - Bleek Gilliam

    Spike Lee did a good job capturing the essence and passion trumpeter and his jazz quartet. The music in the film is top notch thanks to Branford Marsalis Quartet. It made you feel like you were in an actual jazz club.

    The problem I had with the movie was the underdeveloped relationships with most, not all, but most relationships. That's kind of difficult to do when the film is so…


  • Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright

    ★★★½ Watched by Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright 29 Aug, 2014

    I have never been able to get into listening to jazz. This movie, at the least, makes a good case for WATCHING the performance of jazz as a credible sight I could really get into.

    Not really considered a major Spike Lee movie (how could it be, when amongst all this talent he allows himself to steal it?), it's still a pretty compelling story about how many kinds of rivalries you can fit into one band. There are more storytelling…


  • hugoball49

    ★★★½ Watched by hugoball49 27 Apr, 2014 1

    I'm sure you can find mo' better reviews out there, but this is all I got.


  • Cityzen Kano

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Cityzen Kano 21 Jan, 2014

    Part Four of the Spike Lee Feature Film Project

    Spike surrounded himself with a close knit unit of workers in all aspects of the production during his early films, an extended family that included real blood ties. His sister Joie - very much a female version of her brother in a number of ways - and father Bill whose compositions work in tandem with his sons often patchwork approach.

    Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, Bill Nunn and of course Samuel Jackson…


  • Steve Sandberg

    ★★★½ Watched by Steve Sandberg 11 Sep, 2013

    More great moments than great film, but damn... those great moments are great.


  • ndoane

    ★★★ Watched by ndoane 28 Nov, 2014

    The ending makes this a hard movie to process. I initially really enjoyed the slickness of the movie and a lot of the fun camera work. And Denzel's character's dedication to the trumpet and all the politics of the band were interesting.

    There were two things that hurt me though. Spike Lee's performance. This was the first movie where his limited range really hurt. Mookie in Do the Right Thing was a perfect use of Lee as an actor. But…


  • Troy Taylor

    ★★★ Watched by Troy Taylor 24 Oct, 2013

    This early Spike Lee movie has some good stuff and not so good stuff. Lee has always excelled in his unique style, camera work, color, and use of music. No difference here. This movie centers on jazz, and you can see and hear Spike's appreciation for jazz throughout. The music really moves the movie along. Denzel is even credited on some of the songs, and I was impressed with his work on the trumpet. The biggest weakness of the movie,…


  • Scott Audetat

    ★★★ Watched by Scott Audetat 01 Aug, 2013

    Movie was alright, but the strong performances from the great cast probably elevate the unoriginal and overlong story.

    Jazz is not my taste in movies, but it had an all jazz score, so they was interesting, and probably works for people that like that music. Having Flavor Flav spell out UNIVERSAL over the opening logo was...odd.

    Basically it's like a music number, ten minutes of drama, musical number, ten minutes of drama, etc...

    I liked the scene where Denzel seemingly…