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Jesus' Son (1999)

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80

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Movie Info

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.

Sep 19, 2000

Lions Gate Films

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

takes some different turns

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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.

May 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
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.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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

November 9, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Crudup is a talented young actor.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Makes its own quiet impact.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Jesus' Son

We are all his sons asshole!
February 6, 2012
LoughnerWasLucid

Super Reviewer

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.
April 16, 2011
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

See this for all of the supporting actors involved.
June 14, 2006
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

    1. F.H.: There was nothing stopping Michelle and me from having a baby except ourselves.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
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