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Reviews: Chi-Raq (2015)

chi_raqHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Chi-Raq è uno dei film più ambiziosi e politici di Spike Lee, travestito da piccolo film indipendente, prodotto da Amazon e distribuito in pochissime sale, purtroppo.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Sean Axmaker @ Stream On Demand
    • Excerpt: This is a Spike Lee film through and through. It features jarring shifts in tone and temperament. It stridently proclaims its message throughout, at times like a revival meeting seeking a call-back, at others a history lesson in verse…
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Spike Lee’s latest, which transports the plot of the Greek classic ‘Lysistrata’ to the gang war-torn streets of Chicago, is brazenly unruly and wildly uneven — which shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering how narrative discipline is apparently just not in Lee’s directorial DNA anymore. But its missteps are forgivable; taken as a whole, the film pulses with a brash energy and angry confidence that’s been sorely missing from his work of late.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Sean Burns @ Movie Mezzanine
    • Excerpt: At once deeply sorrowful and exuberantly silly, Chi-Raq is a scabrous, sexy musical comedy shot through with an almost unbearable sadness.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …with “Chi-Raq,” the old Spike is back…The script is entirely in rhyme, part classical couplet, part echo of Chicago’s South Side rap.
  • M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s a film of pain and rage, equally bolstered and undermined by its humor and sermonizing.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: Rather than simply give us biting words about distrust in the police or white American gentrification–they’re both included–Lee focuses his attention on black on black violence instead. So he leaves New York City behind and travels to Chicago, a city with more murders since 2001 than the number of American troops perished from our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
  • Clark Provence @ 365 Movie Guy
    • Excerpt: It fuses deliberately outlandish, provocative satire with raw, heartfelt cries for change, which sounds like a recipe for disaster but somehow proves enormously effective.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: Chi-Raq is strange, mesmerizing, uneven and emotional. Its satire is silly, smart and thought provoking, its humor as vibrant as its music.
Updated: February 12, 2016 — 7:43 pm
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