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Eve's Bayou Reviews

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February 7, 2018
This one is the real torch carrier for a literate new beginning.
November 26, 2017
'Eve''s finest quality is the thrill of a confident filmmaker working with material that risks silliness, and pulling it off.
March 8, 2009
More than anything, about the nature of memory and how it rarely matches the truth of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 19, 2008
The film is given an almost dream-like quality by Vincent who washes everything in a sepia-type tone that adds to the effect of seeing an adult world of deceit and hurt through the eyes of a child.
March 19, 2008
Lemmons' focus on strong female characters, and her willingness to ignore accepted notions of "black filmmaking" are powerful assets, but one can't help wishing the film as a whole lived up to its initial promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2008
Subplots are woven stealthily into the story, taking the pressure off the central drama, allowing it to be affecting rather than melodramatic, and heightening the atmosphere of the lush Louisiana setting.
April 27, 2007
A sparkling directorial debut.
June 24, 2006
An intensely emotional drama that mixes elements of Southern Gothic with the kinds of characters and tensions that prevail in the plays of Southern writers like Tennessee Williams.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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June 24, 2006
Writer/director Kasi Lemmons shows sweet judgment here, doesn't caricature or demonise the errant father, and elicits a host of nuanced performances from women of all ages.
May 26, 2006
It feels like I've seen dozens of films this year by first time writers and directors, and not one has stuck to me until now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 9, 2005
A solid, if somewhat heavy-handed, Southern Gothic tale, steeped in mysticism.
September 16, 2004
Pretentious as all hell, sorry.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 22, 2003
Easily one of the best films of the year, and ironically, it was better than all of the Best Picture nominees.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 14, 2003
The melodramatic mysticism is as thick as the bayou moss, but Eve's Bayou manages to maintain a magical narrative about Louisiana southern backwater living that is intoxicating and engaging.
| Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2003
Hardly revolutionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2003
The dark complexities of this family's story are intriguing, although the plot seems to meander a bit at times; it seems a long time before the film gets to the point. But all the characters are very real and well-defined, especially Eve's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 10, 2002
Through the film, the visuals are also enhanced by the wonderful score, which echoes jazz and cajun music. In the end, this might not be the year's best film, but it's still a wonderful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 13, 2002
The first line hooks you and the rest of the film reels you in.
| Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2002
Pulled me in from the word go.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2002
A gothic and, for better or worse, poetic memoir about a young girl and her family of Creole aristocrats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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