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Jungle Fever Reviews

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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 9, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 23, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Greg Muskewitz
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
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Lee's mosaic has some masterful background details but a gaping hole at the center.
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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
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
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 21, 2015
Jungle Fever is confidently acted, brilliantly written and thoroughly provocative. Lee has succeeded again.
Odie Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 23, 2016
The ingrained self-hatred of its characters reflect outward toward those who remind them of themselves.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 7, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
James Rocchi
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Brian Orndorf
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-
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
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