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She Hate Me (2004)

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19

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 82

She Hate Me can't decide if it wants to be a commentary on corporate greed or a sex farce.

16

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 32

She Hate Me can't decide if it wants to be a commentary on corporate greed or a sex farce.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 7,832

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Movie Info

Harvard-educated biotech executive John Henry "Jack" Armstrong gets fired when he informs on his bosses, launching an investigation into their business dealings by the Securities & Exchange Commission. Branded a whistle-blower and therefore unemployable, Jack desperately needs to make a living. When his former girlfriend Fatima, a high powered businesswoman--and now a lesbian--offers him cash to impregnate her and her new girlfriend Alex, Jack is persuaded by the chance to make "easy" money.

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Drama, Comedy

Spike Lee, Michael Genet

Feb 1, 2005

$81.4k

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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (82) | DVD (9)

Succeeds in finding something to offend almost everybody.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A misshapen and sometimes sorry affair that aims for satire, without always being clear about what it's attempting to satirize.

September 3, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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[Lee's] most muddled message movie to date.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Lee presumably had two ideas, one an exposé of pharmaceutical greed, the other a sex comedy: then he decided that neither one would make a film in itself and came up with the lame idea of combining them.

August 28, 2004
The New Republic
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Two movies mashed together.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Spike Lee's She Hate Me is about as awful as a film can be without being the ultimate awful, which is boring.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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She Hate Me isn't subversive, it's insipid.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

This extremely graphic movie is not for kids.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

"She Hate Me" is just as tongue-tied as its ridiculous title.

July 12, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Com idéias interessantes o bastante para render três filmes, Spike Lee realiza um filme assustadoramente caótico e sem foco para um cineasta com sua experiência.

July 8, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Tighter focus would have incited the fury that She Hate Me's ambition demands. It's left saying too much but not enough.

March 1, 2005 Full Review

Seems like the ramblings of an insulated, precocious teenager

February 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

[Spike Lee] is a genius who's never made a decent film.

November 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

Is Lee satirizing something? Is this all a metaphor for something? Or is it just a heavy-handed mess, full of non-sequiturs? My vote is for the latter.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The politest way to assess Spike Lee's latest polemic is to call it too ambitious. 'An unholy mess' might come closer to the truth.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A bizarre stinker . . . it's too bad, for the sake of Lee's career, that this mistake of a movie didn't spontaneously combust on the first reel.

October 9, 2004
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A train wreck as only Spike Lee could make it.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

An overreaching satire that even Lee's biggest fans will find disappointing.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Watching it is like listening in on a heated debate amongst five people about various issues where all of them are talking at once and no one is stopping for a breath.

October 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Allusions to Frank Wills, the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in, suggest a story that would have made a much better Spike Lee movie than this misfire...

September 27, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Attractively cast and at times amusing, but it's undermined by a plot that doesn't make sense and plays like three-and- a-half genre movies fighting for screentime in one overlong one.

September 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If this is a subtle inversion of the sex wars it passed clear over my head as Anthony Mackie grunts his way through five ecstatic women a night

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This film is so all over the place that Spike Lee drowns out his own argument and sabotages the story.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The hate in She Hate Me seems mostly to come from the people who made it.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The notion that all these [lesbians] are physically and emotionally satisfied by their trysts with Jack would have played well at the recent Republican National Convention.

September 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Fascinating from start to finish.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Audience Reviews for She Hate Me

Spike Lee is aiming for too many things here, in some is a hit, in others are a miss. The first half builds up around the usual relationships stuff, then the second half forgets about the first and goes into a socio-political-commentary rampage. Also the movie depends on just way too many wishifull thinking and "happy coincidences" to work properly and be convincing. If only Spike cut it off the political stuff, his movies would be actually a lot better. John Turturo's character, and all his dialogues and scenes were like if Spike was doing a parody of Do the Right Thing.
May 22, 2010
DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Aloha, Spike, what is up with this? No worry, shrimp curry, I've had some dry spells myself.
September 1, 2006
binky013

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "She Hate Me", John Henry Armstrong(Anthony Mackie) is a 31-year old single vice-president at an up and coming biotech company. He is sad because he is not yet a father. He is even sadder when his friend, Dr. Shiller, jumps out of his 40th floor office to his death. A new wonder drug that the company has been promoting as a possible vaccine for AIDS has been denied approval by the FDA. There is a cover-up to prop up the stock price but Armstrong decides to blow the whistle. He is promptly fired, has his assets frozen and is under investigation by the SEC. Armstrong's ex-girlfriend, Fatima(Kerry Washington), who left him for another woman, just happens to pop back into his life with an offer he cannot refuse - father her child, her lover's child and any other lesbians within a 30-mile radius they can find in exchange for $10,000 for every pregnancy. Meanwhile, there is an unprecedented turkey baster shortage...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Spike Lee started off as a provocative young filmmaker with plenty to say on matters of race in America. Early on in his career, he made two great movies - "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X." But the quality of his films have fallen as of late - "Summer of Sam" is an interesting mess; "Bamboozled" is much too heavy handed and could have used a lighter touch and "25th Hour" misses an easy shot to take on the draconian New York Rockefeller drug laws. [/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"She Hate Me" consists of a whole morass of ideas gone horribly awry:[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]One of the targets is capitalism but if that is so, then why focus on an executive instead of somebody of more proletarian status. Wouldn't a vice-president have some responsibility for his company's shenanigans?[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Hints about personal responsibility abound. The movie certainly disapproves of the whole pregnancy scheme and refers to it as immoral but Armstrong is providing a valuable service for which he is amply compensated. [/font] And the Bible did say,"Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth." Genesis 9:1.

And then there is the asinine Mafia subplot...

Also, the sperm were funnier in "Everything You Always You Wanted to Know about Sex..."

In conclusion, the movie might have worked if it had been simpler, shorter, and much more realistic and down to earth. At the end of the day, I'm not even sure what Spike Lee was trying to say.

Note: Ossie Davis also appeared in a few episodes of "The L Word" which had a much more credible pregnant lesbian subplot. His roles in "She Hate Me" and "The L Word" were some of his last roles before he died.
October 21, 2005
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I will forgive thee Spike. Just don't give me a new version of ambitious-anti-yuppie-elements that includes rivers of tedious blockhead performances and wooden outcomes, oh...and judicial soliloquies. There has to be a slight knowledge in what you're trying to satirize dude, that is: corporate misconducts.
May 11, 2010
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Dimitris Springer

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