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

Spike Lee's breakthrough independent feature, shot in fifteen days on a budget of $175,000, ushered in (along with Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise) the American independent film movement of the 1980s. It was also a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 8, 1986
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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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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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Time Out

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

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Nola is an unapologetic, sexually independent character who refuses to commit to a single man and resists the efforts of the men in her life to change who she is to please them.

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TV 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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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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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Spike Lee's breakout comedy has lots of nudity and sex.

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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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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