Film Critics Praise Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”

ICM Partners is pleased to congratulate Spike Lee on the incredible and well-deserved reception of his latest feature film, Da 5 Bloods. Film critics at home and abroad have reviewed the movie with high praise, some of which we have listed below. The story follows four African American veterans as they return to Vietnam decades after the war, in search of their squad leader’s remains and other buried treasure. Da 5 Bloods is available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

“I’m tempted to say that . . . Lee has done it again. But when has he ever repeated himself? This long, anguished, funny, violent excursion into a hidden chamber of the nation’s heart of darkness isn’t like anything else . . . this is unmistakably a Spike Lee Joint. It’s also an argument with and through the history of film.” – A.O Scott, The New York Times

“Lee ended BlacKkKlansman with a coda about the bigotry that sparked a deadly 2017 showdown in Charlottesville. He doesn’t wrap his latest with the outrage sparked by the Floyd killing in Minneapolis. He doesn’t need to. It’s impossible to watch Da 5 Bloods without hearing the cry for racial justice reverberate in every frame. Lee has made more than a soul-stirring film for our time. He’s made one for the ages.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“It is one of the greatest films Spike Lee has ever made.” Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

“His spirit is a kind of braille, a code you can feel and see. Lee will never be satisfied with the status quo, and he reminds us we shouldn’t be either. Da 5 Bloods gets its energy from that jolt of defiance.” – Stephanie Zacarek, Time

“Spike Lee has shown up with an insurgent filmic uproar to match the uproar in the world. Da 5 Bloods is a paintball gun loaded with real bullets: a blast of satire and emotional agony about race and the American empire, the evergreen wound of Vietnam, African-American sacrifices on the field of battle, and the fact that black deaths matter.”- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“You could also call it exceptionally well timed, since its political anger feels so urgent that it can scarcely be contained by the parameters of a TV screen. What’s notable is the way in which Lee, equally steeped in American history and classic Hollywood, translates that anger cinematically, refracting it through a series of durable storytelling prisms.” – Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

“Who knows what the upcoming Oscar season will look like in a coronavirus world, but Lee nevertheless has gifted us with the first serious best-picture contender of 2020.”- Brian Truitt, USA Today

“This movie is a gift right now, and there’s no other director that could have made it.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Cometh the hour, cometh the most vital film you will see this year.” – Danny Leigh, The Financial Times

“By the end, you’ll be spent, dazed, perhaps even confused — but stunned, too, at the audacity of it all and the feeling that it is, so unequivocally, the right movie at the right time.”- Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

“Far from merely offering a corrective or footnote to a chapter of American history, [Lee] transforms them into a new and improved cinematic mythology, one that exalts the unacknowledged heroism of black Americans and creates a place for them at the center of modern culture—and, in the process, redefines American heroism as such. – By Richard BrodyThe New Yorker