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Shaft (2019)



Critic Consensus: Decades removed from the original, this multi-generational Shaft struggles to keep its characters interesting -- or anything other than uncomfortably outdated.

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"Shaft" is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.

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Regina Hall
as Maya Babanikos
Alexandra Shipp
as Sasha Arias
Matt Lauria
as Major Gary Cutworth
Titus Welliver
as Special Agent Vietti
Method Man
as Freddy P
Richard Roundtree
as John Shaft, Sr.
Avan Jogia
as Karim Hassan
Luna Lauren Vélez
as Bennie Rodriguez
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Critic Reviews for Shaft

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (31)

An appealing reboot.

February 18, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a very strange movie... They've taken one of the coolest, suavest characters in movie history and cast him in this multigenerational "grumpy old dad" sitcom.

September 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The blaxploitation hero's new reboot/revamp/retcon is the most depressing movie of the year.

June 30, 2019 | Full Review…

[Shaft is] the worst and most problematic film of 2019-or any other year, for that matter.

June 21, 2019 | Rating: F | Full Review…

It stinks to heaven.

June 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Middle generation Shaft looks good roaring around in his souped-up Monte Carlo SS. It's too bad the characters as a whole didn't have a better vehicle.

June 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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