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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.
February 9, 2006
Instead of showing how prejudice seeps into the private intimacies of daily life, the film turns its attention to the other characters.
January 9, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
January 1, 2000
I believe that Lee has some interesting things to say about it, but he gets too weighted down by the dubiousness of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 9, 2002
Lee's mosaic has some masterful background details but a gaping hole at the center.
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
April 21, 2015
In that sense, Lee is a victim of his own high standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2015
Jungle Fever is confidently acted, brilliantly written and thoroughly provocative. Lee has succeeded again.
June 23, 2016
The ingrained self-hatred of its characters reflect outward toward those who remind them of themselves.
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Brilliant when it examines the people who surround his feverish couple, but uncertain when it comes to the lovers themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 7, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
November 7, 2002
Lee is one of the most important American filmmakers of the past two decades, and the challenges, sincerity, humanity and fierceness of his work are all on display in Jungle Fever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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-
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
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