Daughters of the Dust - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Daughters of the Dust Reviews

Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 1, 2016
Even when the pace slows to a crawl, the island's gentle mood is appealing.
Top Critic
Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
December 1, 2016
An absorbing, spirited film that merits considerable respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Durga Chew-Bose
Globe and Mail
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
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2016
Daughters of the Dust is a film with a lot on its mind, but one that wears its agendas with lyrical lightness.
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2016
Its examination of a bygone way of life is so patient and evocative, so beholden to its own storytelling conventions and rhythms, that watching it is a bit like submitting to a form of time travel.
Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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.
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Steeped in symbolism, superstition and myth, this disconcertingly original film is structured in tableaux which jump through time.
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A film of spellbinding visual beauty.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It is an astonishing, vivid portrait not only of a time and place, but of an era's spirit.