Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Reviews

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July 18, 2019
This is an intelligent conversation piece that will certainly not be for all tastes. And yet even its detractors can't deny Lee's compelling flavor.
February 20, 2019
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus takes the basic plot of Ganja & Hess, its concerns about addiction, racial identity, and religiosity, and shifts the conversation to focus on the relationship between race, classism, and gender.
March 15, 2017
Spike Lee, the old guard of black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane vampireish art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotica, prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted.
June 18, 2016
It's a startlingly incompetent film, suggesting that we've reached a point where Lee's instincts as a filmmaker - so unimpeachable a quarter century ago - have abandoned him entirely.
March 28, 2016
Praise God. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is Spike Lee's freest-feeling endeavor in a spell.
December 31, 2015
Spike Lee's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a loving adaptation of Bill Gunn's 1973 Ganja & Hess.
July 14, 2015
Lee certainly doesn't schlock things up. But he doesn't add much excitement, either.
May 27, 2015
Our American addiction...bloodsucking from humanity in order to maintain the lifestyle to which we are accustomed. By the time Hess wearily muses, "I'm tired of this existence," it's more or less clear he means a spiritually empty capitalist existence...
May 25, 2015
An engaging work, one that finds Spike Lee adapting his considerable skills to a new genre. It's not his best movie, but it's definitely one of his most unlikely, and therefore most fascinating.
February 26, 2015
"Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" is a bold but wildly uneven, bloody mess of a film, sunk in large part by the subpar performances by nearly every major character in nearly every major role.
February 20, 2015
Never once does the film feel sharp on black identity (as did Bill Gunn's original), and the terror is theoretical only.
February 20, 2015
Thought-provoking but slow "vampire" movie from Spike Lee.
February 19, 2015
The film's execution doesn't serve its subject matter, making it feel more like an affected thesis than an effective work of art.
February 17, 2015
A curio that will likely only appeal to Spike Lee's most devoted fans - or those that contributed to the Kickstarter campaign that financed it.
February 16, 2015
It's clear Lee has some inexplicable love for the source material but he doesn't give us any reason to feel the same way.
February 13, 2015
... an audacious but muddled character study that nevertheless proves the veteran filmmaker can never be easily dismissed.
February 13, 2015
The film is a hypnotically nightmarish mood piece more than anything else; it makes sense and yet doesn't make sense, in the way that dreams do and don't make sense.
February 13, 2015
Spike Lee makes some interesting creative choices, but his film lacks a pulse.
February 13, 2015
Unrepentant, uneven and unique, "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" proves that Lee can still make a film worthy of the arguments it will most certainly start.
February 13, 2015
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a mess, but it's the kind of mess only one of our greatest filmmakers could make.
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