Eve's Bayou
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A young girl learns some difficult lessons about truth, love, and fidelity in this critically-acclaimed Southern gothic drama. Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett) is a ten-year-old girl whose father Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) is a successful and well-liked doctor in an African-American community in Louisiana. Louis is a good father and an excellent provider, but he also has a way of attracting the ladies, and he's not inclined to turn them away. One night, the Batistes hold a party, and Eve, her older sister Cisely (Meagan Good), and their mother Roz (Lynn Whitfield) all notice that Louis is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Subplots are woven stealthily into the story, taking the pressure off the central drama, allowing it to be affecting rather than melodramatic, and heightening the atmosphere of the lush Louisiana setting."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Writer/director Kasi Lemmons shows sweet judgment here, doesn't caricature or demonise the errant father, and elicits a host of nuanced performances from women of all ages."
‑ , Time Out
"More than anything, about the nature of memory and how it rarely matches the truth of life."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It feels like I've seen dozens of films this year by first time writers and directors, and not one has stuck to me until now."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Easily one of the best films of the year, and ironically, it was better than all of the Best Picture nominees."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"A sparkling directorial debut."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A gothic and, for better or worse, poetic memoir about a young girl and her family of Creole aristocrats."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film is given an almost dream-like quality by Vincent who washes everything in a sepia-type tone that adds to the effect of seeing an adult world of deceit and hurt through the eyes of a child."
‑ , Film4
"A solid, if somewhat heavy-handed, Southern Gothic tale, steeped in mysticism."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The melodramatic mysticism is as thick as the bayou moss, but Eve's Bayou manages to maintain a magical narrative about Louisiana southern backwater living that is intoxicating and engaging."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"An intensely emotional drama that mixes elements of Southern Gothic with the kinds of characters and tensions that prevail in the plays of Southern writers like Tennessee Williams."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"In Eve's Bayou, Tennessee goes to Louisiana, and finds a familiar home. Tennessee Williams, that is."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Lemmons' focus on strong female characters, and her willingness to ignore accepted notions of "black filmmaking" are powerful assets, but one can't help wishing the film as a whole lived up to its initial promise."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pretentious as all hell, sorry."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Hardly revolutionary."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
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