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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    As a screenwriter, Lemmons is able to keep all the plot elements in place. But as a director, she is unable to keep things moving. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Indeed, Eve's milieu is fresh and specific enough to make even Jackson subordinate to Kasi Lemmons, the writer (and sometimes actress) who dreamed up this story for her directorial debut. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    All of these moments unfold in a film of astonishing maturity and confidence; Eve's Bayou, one of the very best films of the year, is the debut of its writer and director, Kasi Lemmons. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    You find yourself absorbed in simply looking at them to the extent that it's hard to hear what they're saying. It's a nice dilemma for a movie to present. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Rather than perpetuating racial stereotypes, Eve's Bayou defies them, creating several well-rounded characters and placing them in a deceptively complex story that builds to a forceful conclusion. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    So what's the problem? Just that the plot seems a bit too schematic, the characters a little too pat, and the imagery altogether too convenient -- for a tale that means to explore the elusiveness of truth, Lemmons sure likes to sew things up neatly. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    In the end, however, the story is too contrived and melodramatic to reach its full potential. show more

  • 80
    Angie Errigo Empire

    For another, this film is that still shamefully rare pleasure, an absorbing ensemble piece in which a fine group of actors get to show their class and range, playing a black American family who are prosperous, cultured and complex. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    She's an adventurous, occasionally reckless filmmaker who deploys a full arsenal of cinematic flourishes, but Lemmons' lack of restraint gets in the way of her storytelling. show more

  • 78
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    With her audience's full attention assured, first-time director Kasi Lemmons then proceeds to unravel a spellbinding, powerfully seductive tale that blends Southern Gothic magical realism and disturbing family drama with the flair of a born storytelling genius. show more

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