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

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2005)

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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.

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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.

October 20, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
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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.

October 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Denver Post
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A portrait of rural America as beautiful as it is bizarre.

August 12, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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Douglas has crafted a beautifully shot and edited film that treats its subjects fairly.

July 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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A hit-and-miss experience.

July 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.

July 28, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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