Shaft

critic Reviews

32% Rotten Tomatometer Score32%
  • 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this multi-generational Shaft struggles to keep its characters interesting -- or anything other than uncomfortably outdated.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    An appealing reboot.
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    David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    It stinks to heaven.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Middle generation Shaft looks good roaring around in his souped-up Monte Carlo SS. It's too bad the characters as a whole didn't have a better vehicle.
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    Peter TraversRolling Stone
    Tim Story's update of the blaxploitation classic is shamelessly regressive. Male dinosaurs again walk the earth with misogynistic and homophobic impunity. These are the laughs, folks. Don't be surprised if they stick in your throat.
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    Odie HendersonRogerEbert.com
    This movie is 'ruin your childhood' bad, right down to the hideous auto-tuned end credits song they chose to use instead of the original 'Theme From Shaft.'
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    Chris KlimekNPR
    [T]his movie isn't smart enough to find any comic inspiration in the generation gap between Shaft Prime and Shaft Sr. It just makes them both Cranky Old Heavily-Armed Guys.
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    Dan ScullyCinema76
    At any rate, this oddball little film [is] just too much fun to do anything but groove with it.
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    Luke WhistonTheShiznit.co.uk
    Whatever Shaft is saying about race, authority, age, gender or masculinity - which are interesting talking points no matter how badly fumbled they are - I keep going back to the rancid humour.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    There's not much else to this routine and sometimes retrograde actioner. Jackson deserves better material, but even so it's impressive how far he can carry it.
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    Kevin BenavidesL.A. Weekly
    Shaft feels rushed, as if two different scripts were mashed together.
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