Shaft

critic Reviews

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  • Decades removed from the original, this multi-generational Shaft struggles to keep its characters interesting -- or anything other than uncomfortably outdated.
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    Grady BoldingCultured Vultures
    Although a bit out of place for its time, the fifth Shaft film packs enough gunfights, wisecracks, and thrills to make it a decent entry in the series. Samuel L. Jackson fans will not be disappointed, and neither will fans of Richard Roundtree.
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    Katherine MonkEx-Press.com
    For those of us weaned on 1970s and '80s television, Shaft feels like dozing off on a shag rug - an unconscious nod into a long, open loop of nostalgia that conjures an entire, and unique, set of sounds and textures.
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    Matt HudsonWhat I Watched Tonight
    The messages are bad and the movie is bad. It's plain and clear why the studio dumped this on Netflix internationally.
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    Sameen AmerThe News International (Pakistan)
    The proceedings are still intermittently fun, especially because of Jackson who is clearly in his element here.
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    The script feels like it's been in mothballs since the term "metrosexual" was still a big deal in the mid-2000s.
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    Pablo O. ScholzClarín
    At what point did Shaft, which already became a saga with this third film, go from being an iconic action story to a sitcom? [Full review in Spanish]
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    Dominic GriffinSpectrum Culture
    Shaft is a colossal and embarrassing waste of time.
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    Phumlani S LangaCity Press (South Africa)
    Doing away with the blaxploitation format in favour of an action romcom had me feeling a little let down, but this is a light and undemanding watch you might enjoy.
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    Stephen SilverSplice Today
    The film's politics may be somewhat reactionary and informed by lazy Millennial-bashing, but it has its moments.
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    Brandon CollinsMedium Popcorn
    Not good, not a good use of my time, borderline abuse...
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