Jungle Fever
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lee tackles the subject of interracial romance from the unavoidable vantage point that, while things today are more open, they are also considerably more volatile and complex."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Instead of showing how prejudice seeps into the private intimacies of daily life, the film turns its attention to the other characters."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A thematic follow up to Do the Right Thing, this is a powerful melodrama about the fatal and fateful effects of interracial romance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Includes a number of memorable set pieces, most notably a visit to a crack den which, accompanied by the epic sound of Stevie Wonder's "Living In The City," is simply unforgettable."
‑ Barry McIlheney, Empire Magazine
"Spike Lee's blunt and flippant look at forbidden interracial romance set against an urban backdrop of ethnic cynicism. Nobody knows how to examine the hostility of race relations in the movies so effectively such as the brash Lee. Jungle Fever is confront"
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
"There are so many voices you may think you're swimming through a maelstrom, but thanks to Lee it's all superbly orchestrated."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Jungle Fever is not to be underestimated or ignored."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Lee brings a shotgun to a knife fight, but his visual energy is undeniably effective, spraying the screen with venom and appalling realities, with most of the feature locked in confessional mode."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"It's uneven, but its best moments -- such as Samuel L Jackson's performance -- are amongst Lee's finest achievements on film."
‑ , Film4
"Lee is one of the most important American filmmakers of the past two decades, and the challenges, sincerity, humanity and fierceness of his work are all on display in Jungle Fever."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Lee is in fine form."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Brilliant when it examines the people who surround his feverish couple, but uncertain when it comes to the lovers themselves."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Always provocative."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra perform well, the script provides no deeper motivations or meanings for their relationship. Situations around them prove more interesting and dynamic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A smart, very assured film about interracial relations but also about racial misconceptions in general."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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