Daughters of the Dust - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Daughters of the Dust Reviews

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March 26, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
August 28, 2017
A ravishingly beautiful work, it presents the historically grounded story of a multi-generational Gullah family reuniting on an island off South Carolina's coast.
December 1, 2016
Dash has created a cinematic essay that immerses her audience in a world no other film has explored.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 1, 2016
Daughters' impressionistic look at the Great Migration (who will go, who will stay, and at what cost?) combines a corporeal sense of history with poetic, often indirect and allegorical underpinnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 28, 2017
If you find yourself thirsty for more Lemonade this summer, find the time to take in a screening of Daughters of the Dust. The trip will open your eyes and your mind.
January 26, 2006
Steeped in symbolism, superstition and myth, this disconcertingly original film is structured in tableaux which jump through time.
November 14, 2016
It's as much a cinematic probe, and a challenge to mythologizing past eras, as it is an ancestral history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 1, 2016
An absorbing, spirited film that merits considerable respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2016
The dialect-heavy picture makes few concessions to mainstream storytelling and is all the stronger for it.
June 13, 2017
Dash drew on her own family history to fashion Daughters of the Dust and throughout, there's an unshakable sense that the viewer is being called to bear witness. Heed the call.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 2, 2017
This elegiac, dreamlike drama set on the Sea Islands off South Carolina in 1902 has an iron core of painful history
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
At certain moments we are not sure exactly what is being said or signified, but by the end we understand everything that happened -- not in an intellectual way, but in an emotional way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2016
Dash's boldly imaginative, ecstatically visionary drama ... is one of the best of all American independent films; she turns one family's experience of the Great Migration into a vast mythopoetic adventure.
September 8, 2001
With its portrayal of Black dignity, majesty and depth of character and identity, this is clearly a film of those fully in control of their own means of cultural production.
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February 9, 2007
The resources of the beautiful locations are exploited to the utmost, and [director Julie] Dash can be credited with an original, daring, and sincere conception.
June 1, 2017
The film offers a poetic political vision of a society falling between the stools of progression and regression, asking whether standing off against the travesties of the antebellum American South is the only way to attain true freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2003
A brave and ravishing film that portrays a little-known society with deft, culturally specific images.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
A film of spellbinding visual beauty.
November 17, 2016
Daughters of the Dust abounds with stunning motifs and tableaux, the iconography seemingly sourced from dreams as much as from history and folklore.
October 7, 2016
...thrums with a truly independent spirit and a dreamy ebullience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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