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Chi-Raq

R Released Dec 4, 2015 2h 7m Comedy Drama TRAILER for Chi-Raq: Trailer 1 List
82% Tomatometer 152 Reviews 53% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
The girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) of a Chicago gang leader (Nick Cannon) persuades other frustrated women to abstain from sex until their men agree to end the senseless cycle of violence. Read More Read Less
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Chi-Raq is as urgently topical and satisfyingly ambitious as it is wildly uneven -- and it contains some of Spike Lee's smartest, sharpest, and all-around entertaining late-period work.

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Lori Ro Bitch Media Messy and nauseating. Feb 9, 2021 Full Review Adam Nayman The Ringer Everything about Chi-Raq exudes exuberance: the movement of the camera; the West Side Story-style choreography of the two rival factions; the delight the actors display in tearing into their dialogue. Aug 9, 2018 Full Review K. Austin Collins Los Angeles Review of Books This is no mere thought experiment. Can satire stop a bullet? Likely not. But it can provoke those of us who haven't, and can. Aug 9, 2017 Full Review Carla Renata The Curvy Film Critic Lee always keeps it real and cast actors who are not only at the top of their game, but physically reflective of the people of color I see when I walk out my front door.  Written in Greek fable prose with ingenious quips - it's well worth the journey Jul 24, 2024 Full Review Jeffrey Peterson Indie Film Minute Viewers have criticized Spike’s film because of the director’s more recent turn away from commercial film, but I sense that he finds that the violent world around us cannot be ignored. Sep 1, 2023 Full Review Jordan Brooks Vague Visages Profoundly funny, shocking, sad and ultimately inspiring, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is the rude awakening that America needs to get it together... Aug 1, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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TINA B Brilliant re-telling of Lysistrata using today's urban issues. Saw it when it came out, and half the audience was in tears by the end. Definitely underrated by the public. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/15/24 Full Review Alec B Essentially the problem is that the film clumsily moves between very broad (and mostly unfunny) comedy and really earnest emotional pleas for change without any consistency. It's hard to fault Lee too much for trying something so bold, but this movie simply doesn't work. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 12/14/23 Full Review steve d I normally love Spike Lee's writing. This one just didn't land for me. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Missy B Definitely makes you think and has a good point. The way it is in the world now and the innocent killings. The 70s we're about Make Love, Not War, and this is the 21st century version of the same thing. It was a good point then and a good point now. Too much gun violence and the shootings. If only the idea in the movie would make a difference. Good movie, and the cast was star filled with past and present. Angela Bassett and Samuel L Jackson are the best. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/03/22 Full Review Mike J My high school buddy didn't like so I never watched spike lee is a genius. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/28/22 Full Review Audience Member While Spike Lee's anger, passion, and overall message are admirable, coming across authentic and justified, it is rare that these updated retellings of historical works actually work for me. There was some dialogue I felt quite deeply and other spells that totally lost me, but the concept of portraying the violence in Chicago by retelling the classic Lysistrata made for quite a creative exercise. I had no previous experience with the Lysistrata but even if the film wasn't always hitting the right notes for me it is hard not to feel emotions when forced to consider all the innocent people still dying from this senseless violence. Samuel L. Jackson Binge: This wasn't a large role for Jackson in screen time, but it was important and memorable as he acted as a quasi narrator, setting up many of the scenes or explaining the relative intermittent action taking place off screen. His delivery was epic, as he often spoke in classical verse, dialing up the carefree confidence that makes him so well loved. SLJ January #60 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis The girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) of a Chicago gang leader (Nick Cannon) persuades other frustrated women to abstain from sex until their men agree to end the senseless cycle of violence.
Director
Spike Lee
Producer
Spike Lee
Screenwriter
Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
Distributor
Roadside Attractions
Production Co
40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Amazon Studios
Rating
R (Language|Drug Use|Strong Sexual Dialogue|Nudity|Some Violence|Strong Sexual Content)
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 4, 2015, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 4, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$2.6M
Runtime
2h 7m
Sound Mix
Dolby Digital
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