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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

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Spike Lee's breakthrough independent feature, shot in fifteen days on a budget of $175,000, ushered in (along with Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise) the American independent film movement of the 1980s. It was also a groundbreaking film for African-American filmmakers and a welcome change in the representation of blacks in American cinema, depicting men and women of color not as pimps and whores, but as intelligent, upscale urbanites. Lee's slight tale, which carries much psychological and

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Jan 15, 2008

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All the elements of an interesting yarn are implicit here -- save one: a compelling central figure

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This delightful low-budget comedy, with its all black cast and black humour, is 100 per cent Lee.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film probes important and intriguing questions, even if the characters are not explored as thoroughly as they might have been.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Made for less than $30,000, Lee's first feature posed him as a mid-80s rival to Woody Allen, nearly equaling him in the psychological authenticity of his characters and perhaps bettering him in grace and virtuosity and sheer creative glee.

April 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Light, scrappy entertainment that flatters everything funky and fresh about Lee, tempting you to forgive what is stunted or abrasive in the film. A major swaying element is his own on-screen persona.

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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Combining humor, drama, and documentary techniques, Lee has created an energetic film that takes an unflinching look at modern sexuality -- specifically black sexuality.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

From the start, it was less important whether or not you agreed with Lee than if you appreciated him for stirring things up.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

She's Gotta Have It's characters talk into the camera, but they do so in service of a Rashomon-tinged postmortem on how an artistic young woman couldn't make polyamory work in her favor.

January 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

New York Negro neurosis as source material for mirth, amusement and introspection, like a Woody Allen classic, only in blackface.

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
AALBC.com

An assured debut, which Spike Lee produced, wrote, directed, edited, and acted in, offers him opportunity to show a slice of black urban life in which white characters don't even exist; the title and heroine's name are deliberately B-porn like picture

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A good first effort that lacks quality acting and overall polish, but compensates with insightful black man's humor.

November 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

She's Gotta Have It is funny, honest and brave, and unafraid to admit to complexities and contradictions within the African-American world it portrays.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Fledgling Spike Lee work. More interesting than good

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Spike Lee's first was good for what it was, a low budget student effort, but as a stand alone film it's lacking in many areas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Spike Lee's debut feature is a racially orientated sex comedy examining attitudes within a love triangle of black suburbanites. Some witty lines but it's a little affected and self-absorbed, and it often feels like an african-american rip off of a Woody Allen film. Not bad though.
July 21, 2007
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