Summer of Sam
Summer of Sam (1999)

New York City's infamous summer of 1977 was a scene of disco divas and the culture clash between fashionable patrons of Studio 54 and the new wave of punk rockers who invaded Manhattan. It was also one of the hottest summers on record… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 2, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Spike Lee offers intense visuals but his storytelling feels crowded and overambitious.

Adam Nayman
The Ringer

...a scorching melodrama about childhood friends-played by John Leguizamo and Adrien Brody-whose relationship reaches an emotional boiling point.

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Andrew Sarris

This is trashy exploitation at its clumsiest. Once more, a Spike Lee movie has been undone by the earnestness of being important.

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Nicholas Bell

Never quite pays off, with stilted dialoguing plaguing otherwise fine performances from Mira Sorvino and John Leguizamo.

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David Ansen

Summer of Sam, for all its flash and well-crafted fury, is only superficially disturbing. It's a nightmare stroll down memory lane: feel-bad nostalgia.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Trouble is, the overlong narrative, however entertaining from minute to minute, is a mess.

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Eve Tushnet
Patheos was such an unexpected, marginal tale.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Like most of Lee's work, this bites off more than it can chew, but the breadth and energy are impressive.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The disappointment with Summer of Sam is not that it's exploitative; it's just difficult to figure out what it's supposed to be about.

Sean Burns
The ARTery

One of Spike Lee's most dynamic pictures, so electric and overflowing with energy it's damn near exhausting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A thrilling, often bizarre film, Summer of Sam is a bigger triumph than its general critical reception would make it seem due to a great ensemble and a strong… More
Christopher Heim
On a scene by scene basis this film is alright, but it is a mess when taken as a whole. It's like the filmmakers came in with twenty ideas and a clumsy… More
Alex roy
I am usually one to dislike Spike Lee's work due to his knack for starting fights and complaining about more talented directors. Even I can admit however… More
Conner Rainwater
Probably one of Spike Lee's best movies. The story is so engaging and powerful. It touches on so many subjects of the time regarding race, creed, gender,… More
Emily Armstrong
Know what? I bet that Spike Lee would make a really brilliant zombie movie. He really excels at crafting stories about groups of characters caught in… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Ritchie: All right. What do you want me to tell you? Get a fuckin' divorce, then. Vinny: Divorce is fuckin' evil, Ritchie. You got some fuckin'… More

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