Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus Image
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  • Summary: A thought-provoking road trip through the American South, this film is a collage of stories and testimonies, almost invariably of sudden death, sin or redemption: Heaven or Hell, with no middle ground. (Films Transit International)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    A beautifully shot and edited film that treats its subjects fairly.
  2. Ultimately fails to illuminate its subject, though it does offer some evocative moments and terrific music along the way.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    White's take on southern life is no more "real" than the stereotypes he's trying to disrupt, just cooler.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    50
    Ultimately, pic feels very much like a romanticized, outsider's view of the South that willfully seeks out the culture's strangest, most weirdo aspects for other outsiders' gleeful delectation.
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    20
    Tiresome, trite and choked with every lousy Dixie-fried stereotype imaginable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. ChrisS.
    Aug 27, 2005
    10
    This is a depiction of the South that eloquently illustrates it's uniqueness and beauty. With beautiful photography, haunting, stylized This is a depiction of the South that eloquently illustrates it's uniqueness and beauty. With beautiful photography, haunting, stylized musical performances and candid interviews in backwoods bars, prisons and churches, the filmmakers capture the south of hardcore religion and mystical music, leaving aside the sterotypes of ignorance and bigotry. Expand
  2. PaulF.
    Feb 27, 2006
    8
    Take your video camera to every charismatic small town church in the south, throw in some great country gospel music and some assorted tales Take your video camera to every charismatic small town church in the south, throw in some great country gospel music and some assorted tales from prison, bars, and eccentric yokels and you have Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus. I thought this film might bash such a culture but it actually embraced it without absolutely agreeing to its a hell fire and brimestone tenet. I found the narrator to be quite spiritual in more of an open accepting type of way. Though many of the people in this film were quite certain what was what the narrator ceased to judge and loved the spirit of humanity for what it was. Expand

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