(1999)

Critic Reviews

76

Metascore

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100
Christian Science Monitor
The latter element joins with Crudup's excellent acting to make this deliberately scruffy tale a worthwhile experience if you can handle its explicitly sordid subplots.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
Jesus' Son surprises me with moments of wry humor, poignancy, sorrow and wildness. It has a sequence as funny as any I've seen this year.
83
Portland Oregonian
If the result doesn't make dazzling watching, it nonetheless has the power to haunt.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Another grotty drama about junkie love? Well, yes...I make an exception for Jesus' Son.
80
An intermittently compelling and occasionally hilarious road movie.
80
Salon
It has a nobility and modesty, along with a refreshing lack of cynical attitude, that you rarely find in independent films these days.
80
Time
It's best to see this as a drug buffet. Graze through the vignettes... and you'll find three or four tasty bits to snack on.
70
But for all the divine touches, FH is no Jesus, or even his son: He's just another wide-eyed American Adam on the road again, a dazed and confused Huck Finn of the highways.
63
Boston Globe
It's often a downer, with a sweet but largely passive protagonist.
50
Baltimore Sun
Does it make it as a movie? Only in fits and starts.

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