Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Douglas has crafted a beautifully shot and edited film that treats its subjects fairly."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"To say the film lingers in the mind like a nightmare is not to say it is unpleasant."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Calling this a documentary is a bit of a misnomer, as Douglas splices staged music numbers into his travelogue footage to paint his surreal homage to the Deep South"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"According to this, there are only 3 types of people in the South: the sinners on the road to hell, the religious fanatics praying for them, and the people who sing about both."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A hit-and-miss experience."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The music was fine; the tour was suspect."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The stories, usually told by white men, grow banal, and the richness of White's world increasingly seems limited in scope . . . seems racially myopic."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Andrew Douglas' meandering documentary Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus contains fantastic images--pictures that haven't been captured so intimately before."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"A portrait of rural America as beautiful as it is bizarre."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Decidedly strange, delightfully demented."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"It's a slow, ponderous film -- too slow and too ponderous, maybe -- but an intriguing one, often funny, sometimes unnerving, and altogether hard to forget."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"White says you can't really understand the South if its not in your blood, and he's probably right. But the film does an admirable job trying to give us a transfusion."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Brooding, often beautiful tone poem of a documentary."
‑ Sheri Linden, Boxoffice Magazine
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