Critics Consensus

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this multi-generational Shaft struggles to keep its characters interesting -- or anything other than uncomfortably outdated.



Total Count: 119


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Verified Ratings: 7,725
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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.


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 (119) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (81)

  • It stinks to heaven.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Tim Story's update of the blaxploitation classic is shamelessly regressive. Male dinosaurs again walk the earth with misogynistic and homophobic impunity. These are the laughs, folks. Don't be surprised if they stick in your throat.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This movie is 'ruin your childhood' bad, right down to the hideous auto-tuned end credits song they chose to use instead of the original 'Theme From Shaft.'

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…
  • [T]his movie isn't smart enough to find any comic inspiration in the generation gap between Shaft Prime and Shaft Sr. It just makes them both Cranky Old Heavily-Armed Guys.

    Jun 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Chris Klimek

    Top Critic
  • In its neediness to be liked, the new Shaft - the third of five films in the series to be titled, simply, Shaft - says everything and nothing.

    Jun 13, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 17, 2019
    The 2019 incarnation of Shaft bridges the gap between generations of this blaxploitation saga. The film has its obvious plot holes and weary narrative but it's ultimately a fun and entertaining entry with Samuel L. Jackson being Samuel L. Jackson: a bad mutha- SHUT YO MOUTH! 3.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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