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Jesus' Son (1999)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 38
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 6,789

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JESUS' SON is the intense, edgy, often hilarious story of a young man's circuitous journey from drug dependency and petty crime to a life redeemed by this startling discovery of compassion. The story is set in the drug subculture of the 1970's, and it's protagonist -- a young man in his twenties -- careens through his days getting stoned, stealing, or scamming a quick buck. Through it all, he tries to make sense of the mutually destructive passion he shares with a beautiful woman named Michelle. … More

Rating:
R (for graphic drug use, strong language, sexuality and some violent images)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Elizabeth Cuthrell , Oren Moverman , David Urrutia , Denis Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 19, 2000
Runtime:
Lions Gate Films


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Critic Reviews for Jesus' Son

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (9) | DVD (7)

takes some different turns

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
Old School Reviews

JESUS' SON is bottom of the line trash that wants to be art. Full of self important crap, tedious performances, and embarrassing experimental flourishes, this is a movie to avoid at all costs.

Full Review… | May 29, 2012
Sin Magazine

While one is able to get interested in FH's internal workings, it's more difficult to get too invested in his external actions--that is, on rare occasion he does act rather than react.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
TheMovieReport.com

The film uses dreamlike quality to evoke youth subculture of the 1970s, and Billy Crudup is perfectlt cast as a man who believes he possesses healing powers and wants to do good, but his attempts always end disastrously

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

Manages to blend its stories together into a nearly seamless narrative, sliding dreamily from one episode to the next before we even realize we've gone.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Despite the occasional miscalculation and disappointing last half-hour, an estimable piece of work.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
One Guy's Opinion

When the film finds a note of bittersweet conclusion, I'm wondering why all these colorful threads remained so loose when they might have woven into an interesting story.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Crudup is a talented young actor.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

...between a wasted world of heartland junkies and the dazed, private induced euphoria of one hopeful loser among them.

April 9, 2001
filmgazette.com

This might be the best junkie film ever made.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In this funky drama a good-hearted loser is surprized by grace.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Spirituality and Practice

Makes its own quiet impact.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Excellent dialogue, direction, and acting injected into a rather bland film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Hollywood Report Card

reveals the underlying humor beneath the lives of the sad, the tattered, the broken and the pathetic.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Jesus' Son

We are all his sons asshole!

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LoughnerWasLucid
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

½

Jesus' Son is a really fun and hysterical movie about the adventures of a dope fiend. Of course, finding the movie fun may be completely missing the point but then again I've always been a fan of the random humor which is served up in abundance here. The story's told through a series of almost vignettes where the great cast (for the most part) only gets a few minutes to shine. The movie never glamorizes drug use but at the same time never really seems to go out of its way to not make it entertaining. If that makes any sense. Unfortunately, the movie (like most drug people I've known through the years) gets dull as hell once it sobers up. Which may or may not be the entire point of the movie. Great movie full of great moments with a great soundtrack.

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Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Jesus' Son does great things with its titular character, the mysteriously unnamed Fuckhead. He is immensely likable - check out that winning smile and the off-kilter, observant humor - but his behavior is reprehensible. He is an idiot, but the kind of idiot who you're so close to that you want to help them rather than condemn them. The movie plays with your feelings toward FH, engaging you in a rollercoaster of frustration and pride. And when he gets hurt, it's like a punch to the gut. Billy Crudup's performance, in this way, is really remarkable. He oozes charisma and fun and gentle idiocy to the point where this film becomes a vignette in the life of that crackhead idiot you love to talk to at parties.

Also notable is Samantha Morton, in a stunning, indelible performance brimming with risk. Michelle is a completely ugly character, but Morton sells her appeal against all odds.

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ceWEBrity
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

½

See this for all of the supporting actors involved.

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DrZeek
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

Jesus' Son Quotes


F.H.:
There was nothing stopping Michelle and me from having a baby except ourselves.
– Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)

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