Eve's Bayou Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
A sparkling directorial debut.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
In Eve's Bayou, Tennessee goes to Louisiana, and finds a familiar home. Tennessee Williams, that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
There has never been a film quite like Kasi Lemmons' shimmering Eve's Bayou.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The direction is unobtrusive, and Lemmons' performers are up to speed. This is Lemmons' first time out as a director. I'll be interested in what she does next.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
For the viewer, it is a reminder that sometimes films can venture into the realms of poetry and dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Smollett, however, is a find with a smile that illuminates the screen -- the dominant performer in a uniformly well-acted film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A movie unto itself, a rousing, original yarn about family life that includes everyone.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A fascinating tale of guilt, consequences, and voodoo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cynthia Joyce
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It would be a shame if Eve's Bayou, Kasi Lemmons' beautiful first feature film, gets pigeonholed as a "black" movie just because it has no white characters.
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Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: A-