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Jungle Fever Reviews

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Odie Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 23, 2016
The ingrained self-hatred of its characters reflect outward toward those who remind them of themselves.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2015
However diffuse the movie's agenda, it is never less than thoroughly involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 21, 2015
In that sense, Lee is a victim of his own high standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 21, 2015
Jungle Fever is so many graceful things, so many angry things, so many truly moving things that its occasional faults are the faults of excess passion, not failure of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2015
Strong and powerful, Jungle Fever dares us to be disinterested, dares us to turn away.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 21, 2015
It's all too much for Lee to handle. Jungle Fever is overlong, yet he hasn't found the screen time to give each of these people his or her reasons, and even the Snipes and Sciorra characters slip away from him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 21, 2015
Jungle Fever is confidently acted, brilliantly written and thoroughly provocative. Lee has succeeded again.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2015
It certainly is something to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
April 21, 2015
You'll remember Sciorra and Snipes but wish you had learned more about them -- and the society that complicates their lives so cruelly.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2015
Isn't it refreshing to talk about a thoughtful movie in a summer full of fluff?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2015
Jungle Fever may be a failure, but it is the kind of failure that engenders hope: It finds Lee refining the skills he already possesses and striking out in encouraging new directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 21, 2015
Lee's direction is wonderfully fluid and, as in most of his movies, he is superbly served by the striking cinematography of Ernest Dickerson and strong lead performances. However, there is a glibness to his script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 21, 2015
Weaknesses aside, Jungle Fever remains the most thoughtful, provocative, and deeply felt statement on race problems and gender relations to arrive on screen in a very long time -- and the funniest and most entertaining to boot.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 28, 2013
A thematic follow up to Do the Right Thing, this is a powerful melodrama about the fatal and fateful effects of interracial romance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Snipes, it's clear, is a major actor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 9, 2011
Lee brings a shotgun to a knife fight, but his visual energy is undeniably effective, spraying the screen with venom and appalling realities, with most of the feature locked in confessional mode.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 27, 2011
Always provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
September 22, 2008
Includes a number of memorable set pieces, most notably a visit to a crack den which, accompanied by the epic sound of Stevie Wonder's "Living In The City," is simply unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
September 22, 2008
It's uneven, but its best moments -- such as Samuel L Jackson's performance -- are amongst Lee's finest achievements on film.

TV Guide
September 22, 2008
Though Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra perform well, the script provides no deeper motivations or meanings for their relationship. Situations around them prove more interesting and dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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