Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Reviews

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.
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 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
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.
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
It's not especially horrifying, or even very thought-provoking. It is touching, however, because it represents one frequently misunderstood, intermittently great filmmaker's tribute to another.
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
It's tempting to call the film muddled and be done with it, but there's an inventiveness and beauty to Lee's visuals here ... and an experimentation in the execution that's hard to ignore.
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
"Sweet Blood" is idiosyncratic and sultry, simultaneously nodding to film conventions and striding boldly down its own path.
February 11, 2015
An interesting study in mashing up race and class stereotypes, though the film's rambling plot may leave your brain feeling a little mashed, too.
February 10, 2015
Exhibits all of Lee's weaknesses - clashing tones, careless pacing, the straightest dude's hand-in-pants idea of lesbianism - but also just enough of his might and madness that the Lee-minded shouldn't miss it.
February 9, 2015
Lee augments the hectic clash of violence and sex with the pressures of intellectual disputations and the unchallenged power of wealth.
February 7, 2015
A dizzying hall-of-mirrors stunt, a horror remake as autobiographical X-ray, and a work of fantasy that serves as a decadently cleansing creative exorcism.