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She's Gotta Have It Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 11, 2011
Light, scrappy entertainment that flatters everything funky and fresh about Lee, tempting you to forgive what is stunted or abrasive in the film. A major swaying element is his own on-screen persona.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
March 17, 2008
Combining humor, drama, and documentary techniques, Lee has created an energetic film that takes an unflinching look at modern sexuality -- specifically black sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 17, 2008
All the elements of an interesting yarn are implicit here -- save one: a compelling central figure
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
January 23, 2008
From the start, it was less important whether or not you agreed with Lee than if you appreciated him for stirring things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
January 13, 2008
She's Gotta Have It's characters talk into the camera, but they do so in service of a Rashomon-tinged postmortem on how an artistic young woman couldn't make polyamory work in her favor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
January 12, 2008
New York Negro neurosis as source material for mirth, amusement and introspection, like a Woody Allen classic, only in blackface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
January 13, 2007
An assured debut, which Spike Lee produced, wrote, directed, edited, and acted in, offers him opportunity to show a slice of black urban life in which white characters don't even exist; the title and heroine's name are deliberately B-porn like picture
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
This delightful low-budget comedy, with its all black cast and black humour, is 100 per cent Lee.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 22, 2005
A good first effort that lacks quality acting and overall polish, but compensates with insightful black man's humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

May 24, 2003
She's Gotta Have It is funny, honest and brave, and unafraid to admit to complexities and contradictions within the African-American world it portrays.
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D.J.R. Bruckner
New York Times
May 21, 2003
The film probes important and intriguing questions, even if the characters are not explored as thoroughly as they might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Fledgling Spike Lee work. More interesting than good
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Keough
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2002
Made for less than $30,000, Lee's first feature posed him as a mid-80s rival to Woody Allen, nearly equaling him in the psychological authenticity of his characters and perhaps bettering him in grace and virtuosity and sheer creative glee.
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee's first was good for what it was, a low budget student effort, but as a stand alone film it's lacking in many areas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
March 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 31, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
June 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 5, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 29, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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