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2/9/2006While 25th Hour has a several arresting characters struggling with credible problems, regrettably Monty isn't one of them.
1/30/2003 by Andrew SarrisI 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 RosenbaumLee 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 CorlissPretty lethargic stuff.
1/10/2003 by Desson ThomsonIt's the usual undisciplined, overextended Spike symphony: more fun than it is any good.
1/10/2003 by Ann HornadayLee has created that rarity in filmmaking: a movie we need, right now.
1/10/2003 by Peter Howell25th 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 MacDonaldAn 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 LaSalleThe first great 21st century movie about a 21st century subject.
1/10/2003 by Roger MooreLee overloads a featherweight story with pretentious subtext and showy technique.
1/10/2003 by Rene RodriguezThe 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 HarrisonWell-acted but badly miscalculated.
1/10/2003 by Wesley MorrisThe film doesn't reach a climax per se. But it's not conventionally inert, either.
Detroit Free Press
1/10/2003 by Terry LawsonIf 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 Groen25th Hour should have stopped at 24.
1/10/2003 by Roger EbertThe film is unusual for not having a plot or a payoff.
San Jose Mercury News
1/9/2003 by Glenn LovellIt'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 ReaIt 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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