Clockers (1995)

The grim realities of drug dealers' lives provides the basis for this gritty drama. The story centers on Strike, a 19-year old drug dealer who lives in the Brooklyn projects. When Strike agrees to help a local drug lord kill one of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 13, 1995
DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A work of mournful maturity that sacrifices little of its director's signature energy, Clockers is an admittedly flawed drama with a powerfully urgent message.

Juan M. Mendez
New York Daily News

With Clockers, director Spike Lee achieves his best work so far.

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Carol Buckland

"Clockers" is as grim as it is good. This is not an"entertaining" popcorn- type movie. It's timely. It's tragic in many ways. And it leaves a provocative and lasting impression.

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Alistair Lawrence
Common Sense Media

Clockers is of its time and now feels slightly dated because of it... But it remains a well-crafted crime drama and feels real and true enough to still hit close to home.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A story told with mournful, epic vision that rises high above its grim setting.

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David Ansen

Clockers may be Lee's strongest film since Do the Right Thing, but he runs into trouble at the end when he tries to tie up all his threads in neat bows...the passion of this raw, mournful urban epic remains in spite of the false moves.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Clockers is a tremendous film -- and a major addition to the work of a vibrantly talented director.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

In many ways, it's better than the book it's taken from: tighter, tauter, with a deeper vein of sadness opening underneath.

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Jason Bailey

There's no denying the movie's greatness: the depth of the characters, the urgency of its narrative, the nightmarishness of its vision.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

''Clockers'' remains a major work by a major film artist, but its cinematic achievements are diminished by its narrative and psychological shortcomings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Based on a novel by Richard Price, who co-wrote the script with director Spike Lee, this is a grim and gritty look at how a police procedural affects the… More
Ken Stachnik
My favorite part of this film is Lee's use of color. Through the production design and the use of reversal film stock, Clockers' colors really pop.… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
"See, dis is where all da money at, ma lil nigga. how you think i got dat fat-ass train set ova dere?"
Tim Sigur
My favorite Spike Lee film with an amazing performance from Delroy Lindo.
Conner Rainwater
It's enjoyable at times, but it was a lot more of a small scope compared to Lee's other movies. When it wants to be political it's too obvious,… More
Dean King
A cool film by Spike Lee, if you liked Do the right thing and like films like Boyz N the hood this is a good mix of both genres. Has a slight twist and will… More