Jesus Henry Christ Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 9, 2014
Aggressively, painfully quirky...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
July 20, 2012
Stylized comedy explores identity; adults drink and smoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 3, 2012
Like "Little Miss Sunshine," this quirky indie comedy chugs along at an amiable pace, and with the same sort of dysfunctional family humor. It's not as successful as that film, but only because it's not as complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
May 25, 2012
Watching Jesus Henry Christ sometimes feels like being trapped in a building with a faulty fire alarm.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 24, 2012
If it all seems a tad to quirky and twee, that's the overwhelming flaw in director Lee's obvious and lightweight homage to director Wes Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2012
Lee scratches the skin of family bonds until it bleeds.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
May 7, 2012
The film is an uneven mix of forced eccentricities and gradually annoying visual gimmicks that leave the characters almost completely detached from reality.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 4, 2012
Even for a surreal black comedy, "Jesus Henry Christ" requires massive suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 3, 2012
So what is "Jesus Henry Christ" about?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 3, 2012
It winds up just being annoying
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nick Schager
Time Out
May 1, 2012
As precious as its prepubescent protagonist is precocious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
May 1, 2012
Making their screen debuts, young Spevack and Weinstein give the film's most natural performances and provide its little bit of warmth, but it seems time to petition Collette, a truly gifted actress, to take a long hiatus from playing bitter single moms.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 30, 2012
The title alone invites you to cuss at this smug film about family tites, and you may do so the second you catch a whiff of the portentous first shot: a Wes Anderson put-on.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Clay Steakley
Paste Magazine
April 27, 2012
The cast is the spine of this film. Toni Collette and Michael Sheen give masterful performances as the hapless parents, and young Jason Spevack and Samantha Weinstein do the same as the brilliant, awkward children.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 23, 2012
Its casually whimsical tone and esoteric asides come across less as emblematic of a genuinely original voice, and more like an amalgamation of Little Man Tate, Rocket Science, Running With Scissors and, of course, Rushmore.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 21, 2012
Boldly colored and sharply designed, but there's little to take away from the movie besides a surface appreciation for certain production accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012
Pleasant without being revelatory, underwhelming but not obnoxiously so, the film explores how we become who we are, whether by genetics or environment or some combination of the two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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April 19, 2012
Henry can finish a college application test in two minutes, yet Jesus Henry Christ doesn't know what to do with 90.
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John Anderson
Variety
May 10, 2011
Too deliberately eccentric to attain quite the level of wigginess it aspires to, Jesus Henry Christ does feature some standout perfs and a refreshingly unconventional approach to telling its slight story.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2011
Mildly nutty comedy about a teen prodigy suffers from an underwritten script and overstylized gags.
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