Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2005)



Critic Consensus: This atmospheric tour of the Deep South is both quirky and lovely.

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Musician and songwriter Jim White acts as a tour guide for this documentary which explores the strange and soulful heart of the American South. As White shares his own story of dealing with the legacy of his Southern heritage -- where Saturday nights at the juke joint fade into Sunday mornings in the church, and the revelry and violence of the former runs counter to the Holy Ghost visions of the latter -- he meets other musicians and artists who are also fascinated by the emotional and spiritual power of Appalachia's dualistic nature. Artists featured include mercurial singer and songwriter Johnny Dowd, post-modern songsters the Handsome Family, Florida-based novelist Harry Crews, old-timey banjo master Lee Sexton, modern-day blues singer David Johansen, and musical saw player Melissa Swingle. Produced for British television, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus was the first feature film for Andrew Douglas, who previously distinguished himself making short films and television commercials.


Critic Reviews for Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

The soundtrack, which includes Lee Sexton, The Handsome Family and others, is full of haunting Southern sounds; the camera work is inventive; and the interviews give you an off-center sense of place that equals at least one aspect of the South.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus is one of those movie-long non sequiturs where, though one thought does not logically follow another, we know what is meant.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Denver Post
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A portrait of rural America as beautiful as it is bizarre.

Full Review… | August 12, 2005
Seattle Times
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Douglas has crafted a beautifully shot and edited film that treats its subjects fairly.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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A hit-and-miss experience.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

4.5 stars of 5 stars. A beautiful and poetic film that bears repeat viewings. There is some stunning music and wonderful imagery here. Quietly elegant and fulfilling to watch. Some of the music is very moving and haunting. Highly recommended. 68%/90%. I have watched it a dozen times.

Mike Bierman
Mike Bierman

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus is a narrow minded view of the American south as seen through the eyes of pseudo hipsters. This "documentary" includes some beautiful imagery of southern landscapes but ruins it with useless dialogue and staged interviews.

Jeff Dickerson
Jeff Dickerson

amazing road trip through the 'south', presenting a more imperfect and real faith than typically encountered in urban environments

Nate Day
Nate Day

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