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25th Hour Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    25th Hour struck me as one of the best movies of 2002, but it's also a film that will strike some of its audience as ethically dubious or threatening.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Hour not only acknowledges the attacks -- they're a running theme. Lee opens his movie with a shot of the beaming blue spotlights that mark where the twin towers once stood.

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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Edward Norton makes an art of self-containment. No contemporary actor gives less away to more effect, and he's at his closely held best in 25th Hour, a drama of redemption, directed by Spike Lee, that seldom rises to the level of his performance.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Lee, as he did in ''Malcolm X'' and ''Clockers,'' makes his hero's dread palpable, and though 25th Hour lacks the glittering brilliance of those films, I was held by the toughness and pity of Lee's gaze.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Engaging but violent drama. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is meant for mature audiences only, and they may want to think twice about letting kids watch. Some older teens may be able to handle the violence, emotional distress, and questionable situations. The premise centers on the deeds of a drug dealer. The majority of the characters swear repeatedly. Almost every main character is placed in some kind of questionable situation (quasi-pedophilia, assault). Additionally, the film's New York setting and content evoke the memory of September 11th.

  • Families can talk about the racist diatribes in the film. Monty rages into a mirror about people of every race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation; what does this moment communicate about changes occurring within Monty? Families may also want to talk about Spike Lee as a filmmaker -- both as today's most successful African-American filmmaker and as an artist who covers a wide variety of subjects.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The main character is a convicted drug dealer; however, he feels remorse, is incredibly reflective about his life, and shows kindness and compassion for others. Almost every character has a major flaw, whether lusting for teenage girls, greed, or alcoholism, but these characters also reek of compassion and remorse for their own actions.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: The film begins by showing a badly beaten dog and goes from there. It includes a murder and a very graphic beating of the main character.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Adults lusting after high school girls. Partial nudity (couple bathing together).

  • language false3

    Language: A lot of swearing both casually and in anger. Extended bigoted diatribe.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Red Bull and Guinness product placement.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character is a drug dealer. Teenage drinking and drug use.