"In Do the Right Thing, filmmaker Spike Lee does the right thing, the wrong thing, and finally everything. This immensely skillful, humane, and richly detailed movie about racism in New York suffers from trying to satisfy everyone—black, white, middle-class, and 'street.' It's a comedy that ends in tragedy; a spectacle of black victimization by whites and white victimization by blacks; a demonstration of the pointlessness of violence that is also a celebration of violence. Confusing? Do the Right Thing is going to create an uproar—in part because Lee, a middle-class black hoping to capture the anger of the underclass, is thoroughly mixed up about what he's saying." —David Denby, New York

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