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Pretty Bad: 2.86%
Total Crap: 2.86%

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by Chris Parry

"It's got Turturro, so that's a good start. What else? That's all."
3 stars

I recently rented this video for the second time. Why? Was it that good? Was it unforgettable? No. Exactly the opposite. I'd forgotten I'd seen the damn thing.

Imagine my surprise when I realised that I was watching a fairly blah movie for the second time. And I owed late fees on it as well!

But perhaps that's being unfair to this Spike Lee joint. It's not an awful movie by any stretch, just not one that's sits there at the front of your lobes. It's no Do The Right Thing, nor is it even a She's Gotta Have It (a fairly overrated effort if you ask me).

Clockers is the story of a drug dealer with a bad tum-tum. Mehki Phifer is Strike, said ulcerific peddler. When a local dude is killed late one night and Strike's older brother confesses, a gnarly old cop, Harvey Keitel, doesn't believe the confession and places his gaze on nasty li'l bro.

Strike likes trains. And fluro overalls. And milk.

Local kiddies look up to Strike, cos "he da man". Strike's buddies don't think "he da man". They think "he da snitch, beeatch".

Harvey Keitel's partner, John Turturro thinks he got nice hair.

So what's the deal here? Any good? Worth watching? Yeah, it's "aight". The music in Lee films always sets a fine atmosphere and here it's no different. The cast is all over cool with the exception of the lead, who struggles with the task of cringing in guttural pain every few lines.

"Da man" as I see it in this film is Delroy Lindo, who plays Rodney, Strike's godfather of sorts. He comes across as a truly nastay individual.

But regardless of how decent this film is, it won't change a life. It has it's moments, in fact it has plenty of them, but once the tape has ejected it's "that Spike Lee flick about the guy with a sore belly"... and that's all.

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9/13/17 morris campbell raw & entertaing but corny 4 stars
7/10/11 conley dark movie, with good performances, Keith David kicked ass as brutalizing cop. 4 stars
5/24/09 Jeff Wilder Very well-made and well acted. Spike Lee's most underrated film. 4 stars
9/25/08 BigRussian Great film which made me wan to read the book. Spike's adaptation stands out. 5 stars
5/19/08 jointz Spike shows talent for gritty filmmaking. A must-see urban drama. 5 stars
11/18/06 Steve Newman A great film recently watched on sky - did the series The Wire copy some of the characters? 4 stars
1/17/04 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) Great music and cinematography. They stand out the most. 5 stars
10/10/03 R.W. Welch Watchable chaos-in-the-ghetto pic tho a bit artsy and preachy. 4 stars
4/01/03 Jack Sommersby Incomprehensible adaptation of a superlative novel. Good acting, though. 2 stars
8/04/02 daniboy spike lee is a great director, but this is too preachy to bare 3 stars
9/25/01 Phillson You are blind, if you can't see this ia a masterpiece. 5 stars
5/03/01 BrainPan Spike is so hit and miss. Fortunately, this one hits. 4 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L spike lee is the most overrated director - he only has shock value. 1 stars
6/27/00 Robert Baum Unforgettable. An urban masterpiece 5 stars
4/22/00 JonnyAngel Often overlooked, but solid. 4 stars
6/28/99 Steve Bashakus Spike redeems himself after "Girl 6" with this tense look at the inner city. 4 stars
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