Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Paul Cullum
    90
    Wildly funny bum's rush through the existentially absurd, self-engendered peaks and valleys of the junkie's lament.
  3. 90
    A mesmerizing film spinning from hilarity to heartbreak.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    90
    An especially compassionate look at human frailty that also never loses sight of the inherent ridiculousness of "the human condition." Jesus' Son is one of this summer's best movies.
  5. In a sea of one-note symphonies, this touching feature is bleak and comic, heartbreaking and affirmative, romantic and tragic, gimlet-eyed and sympathetic, all at the same time.
  6. 88
    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.
  7. 88
    A story of faith and redemption, as viewed through the blurry and bloodshot eyes of a young man.
  8. Floats before your eyes like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The surprise is that, fitted together, these pieces make a completed picture.
  9. 85
    If you haven't seen his (Crudup's) work before, Jesus' Son could be the one that makes you his biggest disciple.
  10. Another grotty drama about junkie love? Well, yes...I make an exception for Jesus' Son.
  11. 83
    If the result doesn't make dazzling watching, it nonetheless has the power to haunt.

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