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Eve's Bayou Reviews

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Michael Dequina
March 8, 2009
More than anything, about the nature of memory and how it rarely matches the truth of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 19, 2008
The film is given an almost dream-like quality by Vincent who washes everything in a sepia-type tone that adds to the effect of seeing an adult world of deceit and hurt through the eyes of a child.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 19, 2008
Lemmons' focus on strong female characters, and her willingness to ignore accepted notions of "black filmmaking" are powerful assets, but one can't help wishing the film as a whole lived up to its initial promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
March 19, 2008
Subplots are woven stealthily into the story, taking the pressure off the central drama, allowing it to be affecting rather than melodramatic, and heightening the atmosphere of the lush Louisiana setting.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
A sparkling directorial debut.
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Emanuel Levy
June 24, 2006
An intensely emotional drama that mixes elements of Southern Gothic with the kinds of characters and tensions that prevail in the plays of Southern writers like Tennessee Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Writer/director Kasi Lemmons shows sweet judgment here, doesn't caricature or demonise the errant father, and elicits a host of nuanced performances from women of all ages.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
It feels like I've seen dozens of films this year by first time writers and directors, and not one has stuck to me until now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
A solid, if somewhat heavy-handed, Southern Gothic tale, steeped in mysticism.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 16, 2004
Pretentious as all hell, sorry.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Easily one of the best films of the year, and ironically, it was better than all of the Best Picture nominees.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
The melodramatic mysticism is as thick as the bayou moss, but Eve's Bayou manages to maintain a magical narrative about Louisiana southern backwater living that is intoxicating and engaging.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 16, 2003
Hardly revolutionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
The dark complexities of this family's story are intriguing, although the plot seems to meander a bit at times; it seems a long time before the film gets to the point. But all the characters are very real and well-defined, especially Eve's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Through the film, the visuals are also enhanced by the wonderful score, which echoes jazz and cajun music. In the end, this might not be the year's best film, but it's still a wonderful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
The first line hooks you and the rest of the film reels you in.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Pulled me in from the word go.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A gothic and, for better or worse, poetic memoir about a young girl and her family of Creole aristocrats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
In Eve's Bayou, Tennessee goes to Louisiana, and finds a familiar home. Tennessee Williams, that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002
A spooky drama that explores the bonds between women and the explosions set off by family problems.
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