Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Reviews

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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.
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
Spike Lee makes some interesting creative choices, but his film lacks a pulse.
February 13, 2015
...less eerily disorienting than disjointed.
February 13, 2015
A strange brew that mixes an addiction for blood and the cross of Jesus in a wandering story that turns sour
February 12, 2015
While this return to indie roots frees up Lee's often gifted image making, his usual pace issues and penchant for jagged flourish over sustained feeling keep it from achieving a rich, strange, sexy and sad whole.
February 12, 2015
Lee's remake offers an irritating pace, contains no likable characters, and its scorchy, sexually explicit scenes lack the teasing titillation associated with the exploitation cinema [of the 1970s].
February 12, 2015
This isn't just a tribute to Gunn but a commentary on independent filmmaking today, though watching it without knowing its source material might feel like listening to one end of a conversation.
February 12, 2015
"Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" is original and unique, there's nothing like it out there. But if I had my druthers, I'd keep it that way.
February 12, 2015
Less an in-your-face screed of a political statement and more soft core porn
February 12, 2015
It's odd, and not a little disappointing, that a film contemplating the politics of eternal life should so woefully lack a recognizable pulse.
February 12, 2015
If you're going to do a remake of a movie you've got to ask yourself one question: Why? And hard as you look at the screen here, it's difficult to see Lee's answer.
February 12, 2015
A ponderous vampire romance that surely ranks among the writer-director's most sedate, immobile studies of black life in America.
February 11, 2015
Spike Lee's low budget Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a film about redemption that also needs its sins to be forgiven, despite some fascinating parallels.
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