She's Gotta Have It
She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Despite the suggestive title, what "she" has got to have is control over her own body, her own love life, and her own life in general in this breakthrough debut feature by celebrated director Spike Lee. A trio of semi-losers are… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

All the elements of an interesting yarn are implicit here -- save one: a compelling central figure

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Peter Keough
Chicago Reader

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.

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Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

From the start, it was less important whether or not you agreed with Lee than if you appreciated him for stirring things up.

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Time Out

This delightful low-budget comedy, with its all black cast and black humour, is 100 per cent Lee.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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.

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D.J.R. Bruckner
New York Times

The film probes important and intriguing questions, even if the characters are not explored as thoroughly as they might have been.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Combining humor, drama, and documentary techniques, Lee has created an energetic film that takes an unflinching look at modern sexuality -- specifically black sexuality.

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Kam Williams
AALBC.com

New York Negro neurosis as source material for mirth, amusement and introspection, like a Woody Allen classic, only in blackface.

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Spike Lee's debut feature is a racially orientated sex comedy examining attitudes within a love triangle of black suburbanites. Some witty lines but… More