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  • Summary: Stumbling across America in the 1970's, a young junkie (Crudup) searches for meaning in everything from sex and drugs to meetings with strangers.
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  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: 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.
  3. 88
    A story of faith and redemption, as viewed through the blurry and bloodshot eyes of a young man.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    An intermittently compelling and occasionally hilarious road movie.
  5. The movie will not be for all tastes. Its seedy lifestyles, nonjudgmental attitudes, nonlinear narrative, and central character whose problem is his lack of emotions is definitely nonstandard fare.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  7. Though Maclean uses every trick available to make up for the missing inner voice, we never get into Crudup's mellow loser like we should. Maclean's got an incisive eye, but it's poised on the outside of the terrarium looking in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3

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