Mr. Lee's movie is anything but minimalist. It is bursting with character, color, incident and music, including a militant rap number performed by Public Enemy.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
Are you covering your soft parts? Spike Lee is about to drag you into a sizzling kitchen called "Do the Right Thing."
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A movie made by filmmaker working in sync with his times -- an exciting, disturbing, provocative film.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A powerful and persuasive look at an ethnic community and what makes it tick--funky, entertaining, packed with insight, and political in the best, most responsible sense.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Spike Lee combines a forceful statement on race relations with solid entertainment values.
Dean Essner - Variety
Lee cagily provides a litmus test for racial attitudes in 1989, but he does so by destroying the integrity of his characters, black and white.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Captures a sense of black pride in the late '80s that's caught between essentialism and pop-culture commercialism. Trash-talking racism, distrust, and males' insistence on respect blaze the story along a path that LA would burn with its 1992 riots.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The many joys of the film are equaled only by the fiery injustice it bears witness to in the apocalyptic third act.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Sure, the movie opens up the racial problems of everyday life in New York, but it also has a very forgiving tone to what one could label as the oppressed.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's perhaps one of the greatest summer movies of all time. Do the Right Thing is as perfect as a film can get.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Lee shows us both sides of the situation, and lets us decide for ourselves. The results are devastating.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
[Spike] Lee doesn't attempt to answer the complicated questions of racism, misunderstanding and simmering anger as much as confront them with a hard clarity.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
A riveting drama which remains just as intense as when it debuted in 1989.
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
A towering achievement in American cinema, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing takes a hard look at a community in crisis. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Like Rear Window to Alfred Hitchcock, like Nashville to Robert Altman, like Playtime to Jacques Tati, Lee's Do the Right Thing is an undiluted representation of its creator's artistic command.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
A pulsating homage to life on New York's streets, achieved thanks to Lee's sleepless eye, but a passionate-yet-dignified study of racism, too.
Lloyd Bradley - Empire Magazine
The fact that a filmmaker as gifted as Lee has yet to top the movie says a lot about its power.
Dean Essner - Film4
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
"Do the Right Thing" is a film whose ability to entertain, provoke, and question has not diminished in the least.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The film -- at once stylised and realistic -- buzzes throughout with the sheer, edgy bravado that comes from living one's life on the streets. It looks, sounds, and feels right.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Prompted by the brutal Howard Beach killing of a young black man, Lee's politically charged drama is an angry assault on racism that benefits from bravura filmmaking. Still Lee's best and most important film.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A tour-de-force for Spike Lee
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Spike's greatest film to date. Shame on the Academy for not recognizing it.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It's a vibrant, passionate, funny movie, and like a true work of art, it both surprises and provokes.
Paul De Angelis - culturevulture.net
spike lee's masterpiece
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Who expected this to be its director's last really terrific film?
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Inarguably one of the greatest American films ever made.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Made me love Spike.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
A subtle and humane entertainment with a refreshingly serious view of the world. There are no absolute heroes or villains. There are no easy answers to the questions that this film poses with such artistry and grace.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Matt Bailey - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
James Hill - BET.com
You can't afford not to see this modern masterpiece.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Roger Ebert points out that this film, which honestly (and sometimes graphically) explores the ambivalence surrounding race relations, was probably the best movie of 1989. I would have a hard time disagreeing.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
I think it's Spike's best. Loud, honest, angry entertainment.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
While the film is seldom boring, its general lack of focus does seem to blunt much of the drama that its final explosive sequence might have engendered.
Dean Essner - Boxoffice Magazine
Do the Right Thing operates to approach race frankly, as peoples' interpretations of the climax become interwoven with their preconceptions of race and bigotry.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
A powerful and poignant portrait of contemporary urban life.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Lee's theatrical piece speaks the Truth, Ruth. And it just ain't simple.
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Plays like a pot of boiling water, eventually bursting and spilling over for a shocking and brilliant climax
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This film changed the way I looked at movies.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
Has the greatness necessary to embrace its contradictions
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
An angry film, but it's also a thought-provoking one
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This may not be the best film of the summer, but it is the most ambitious.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com