Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan (Norton) reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.
Edward Norton heads an amazing all-star cast in the critically acclaimed Spike Lee film 25th HOUR. In 24 short hours Monty Brogan (Norton) goes to prison for seven long years. Once a king of Manhattan, Monty is about to say good-bye to the life he knew -- a life that opened doors to New York's swankest clubs but also alienated him from the people closest to him. In his last day on the outside, Monty tries to reconnect with his father (Brian Cox), and gets together with two old friends, Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Slaughtery (Barry Pepper). And then there's his girlfriend, Naturelle (Rosario Dawson), who might (or might not) have been the one who tipped off the cops. Monty's not sure of much these days, but with time running out, there are choices to be made as he struggles to redeem himself in the 25th hour.
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While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.
1/30/2003 by Andrew Sarris
I still think that Mr. Lee has come closer than he ever has before to making the great film about New York City that David Thomson hoped from him in a favorable mini-bio in The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.
1/18/2003 by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Lee and his cast are so adept at getting us acquainted with Monty and these other people that we wind up feeling like we've known them for years.
1/13/2003 by Richard Corliss
Pretty lethargic stuff.
1/10/2003 by Desson Thomson
It's the usual undisciplined, overextended Spike symphony: more fun than it is any good.
1/10/2003 by Ann Hornaday
Lee has created that rarity in filmmaking: a movie we need, right now.
1/10/2003 by Peter Howell
25th Hour has a lot of problems, but chief amongst them is the persistent feeling that Lee is just treading water, by trading on past glories and larding in celebrity appearances in the hope of actually selling a few tickets for a change.
1/10/2003 by Moira MacDonald
An intriguing misfire that nonetheless holds our interest, keeping us wondering about the movie that might have been.
San Francisco Chronicle
1/10/2003 by Mick LaSalle
The first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
1/10/2003 by Roger Moore
Lee overloads a featherweight story with pretentious subtext and showy technique.
1/10/2003 by Rene Rodriguez
The movie hums with a vibrant energy, which is powered by the terrific ensemble cast and the glowing cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.
1/10/2003 by Eric Harrison
Well-acted but badly miscalculated.
1/10/2003 by Wesley Morris
The film doesn't reach a climax per se. But it's not conventionally inert, either.
Detroit Free Press
1/10/2003 by Terry Lawson
If there was ever a filmmaker in need of someone who could tell him where and when to stop, what to leave in and what to take out, it would be Spike Lee.
Globe and Mail
1/10/2003 by Rick Groen
25th Hour should have stopped at 24.
1/10/2003 by Roger Ebert
The film is unusual for not having a plot or a payoff.
San Jose Mercury News
1/9/2003 by Glenn Lovell
It's a long, complex, deeply flawed work -- and also quite possibly Lee's most ambitious and accusatory movie since Do the Right Thing in 1989.
1/9/2003 by Steven Rea
It could have been more taut, could have been harder, but 25th Hour still resonates with power and poetry.
Dallas Morning News
1/9/2003 by Chris Vognar
[Lee's] movies still have plenty on their mind. And they're not afraid to talk about it.
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