Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 36
  2. Negative: 22 out of 36
  1. 75
    It is exciting to watch this movie. It is never boring. Lee is like a juggler who starts out with balls and gradually adds baseball bats, top hats and chainsaws. It's not an intellectual experience, but an emotional one.
  2. A daring, entertaining, but somewhat disappointing affair, something of an overreacher despite Lee's usual pyrotechnics and a brilliant cast.
  3. This intensely topical satire tackles a wide range of important issues, from corporate whistle-blowing to the toll sexual license takes on stable family structures.
  4. 63
    A messy -- but uproarious, timely and provocative -- farce.
  5. 63
    A belligerent little sex farce roiling inside an otherwise inconsequential lampoon of corporate America, the movie is rude and ridiculous, fearless up to a point, and breathtakingly hungry to provoke.
  6. 63
    She Hate Me is a mixed bag, but at least it's interesting and almost never boring.
  7. Lee's energy never flags, and She Hate Me resonates with authority and impact and daring, but the messages it sends are mixed.
  8. Like most Lee films, She Hate Me is gasp-worthy, with something to offend everyone. I will not say that I liked it. I will say that like "Bamboozled," it exasperates and resonates.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    This 140-minute I-don't-know-what-it-is unravels like a ball of yarn after a bout with a tiger on Colombian catnip. Lee exhaust me.
  10. 50
    While not quite a red herring, the corporate stuff serves as a prelude to a long-winded and mostly embarrassing treatise on alternative lifestyles and filial responsibility.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    A scabrous, provocative and often funny social satire about the American dream, Spike LeeSpike Lee's flawed but fascinating She Hate Me addresses everything from corporate malfeasance to the African AIDS epidemic, barely catching its breath in-between.
  12. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    40
    Undermined by a plot that doesn’t make sense and plays like three-and-a-half genre movies fighting for screentime in one overlong one.
  13. 40
    The problem with She Hate Me is that there's no playfulness in Lee's provocations. He doesn't have the style or the naughty joie de vivre that you need to make a sex farce.
  14. It's too much for a feature film, and too little, but it certainly isn't dull.
  15. A mess, but it means well.
  16. 30
    If it weren't all so cluelessly sleazy it might be funny.
  17. 30
    Lee hits almost every note wrong, from Terence Blanchard's overplayed score, to underdeveloped roles for Ellen Barkin and John Turturro, to stale one-liners.
  18. 30
    Director Lee throws cold water on his own overheated fantasy scenario by having Mackie mope through every scene. What's fascinating is how She Hate Me perversely trumps its own perversity.
  19. It all turns out a bedraggled mess. Lee presumably had two ideas, one an exposé of pharmaceutical greed, the other a sex comedy: then he decided that neither one would make a film in itself and came up with the lame idea of combining them. What makes the resulting blunder even worse is that, intrinsically, almost every scene is directed well.
  20. 30
    Spike Lee's fans have learned to take the bad with the good, but this is pretty damn bad.
  21. 25
    When a Spike Lee film doesn't fly, it sinks like a stone.
  22. 25
    Lee remains a superb entertainer -- like Oliver Stone, he's incapable of ever being boring -- but in She Hate Me, he comes dangerously close to seeming trivial, a crank-for-crank's-sake.
  23. It's hard to say what's most disappointing about She Hate Me, Spike Lee's absurdly - and arrogantly overlong comedic drama. But there are plenty of options to choose from.
  24. About as awful as a film can be without being the ultimate awful, which is boring.
  25. One of the most preposterous efforts by any major director in recent memory.
  26. Reviewed by: D. Parvaz
    25
    What is this movie about? Is it a morality tale? Is it about the complexity of romantic love? Parenthood? Accepting the often-blurred lines of our sexual orientation? Is it about the role of race in white-collar crime? What?
  27. How can a director as savvy as Lee make so many errors of judgment regarding taste, tone, intention and dramatic structure?
  28. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    20
    Every once in a while, a film comes along that so blatantly disregards emotional authenticity that one fears for the sanity of its director. She Hate Me is just such a film, and Spike Lee is its director and co-writer. Artless, sensationalized, didactic and often downright silly.
  29. It's sheer agony to sit through, and not for the reasons Lee would relish. It's just bad.
  30. 20
    The most misguided, ill-conceived and lamentable film.
  31. 20
    The mélange of plots, subplots, reveries, gags, cartoons, dirty bits, and hissy fits points to a work that is structurally modelled less on the classic narratives of cinema than on, say, a portion of Russian salad.
  32. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    16
    Given the abundance of tedious sex in She Hate Me it's no wonder the whole thing's such a turn-off.
  33. The politest way to assess Spike Lee's latest polemic is to call it too ambitious. "An unholy mess" might come closer to the truth.
  34. Spike Lee carries his political exasperation beyond outrage into chaos. The carelessness with which he hurls his feelings about hot-button topics onto the screen is the filmmaking equivalent of last-ditch marketing: grab everything in sight, roll it up into a big messy mud ball, and hurl it against the wall, hoping that something sticks.
  35. She Hate Me manages to be at once racist, homophobic, utterly fake, and unbearably tedious. This time, it's Spike Lee who's doing the bamboozling.
  36. Spike Lee’s She Hate Me is his worst movie ever--even worse than "Bamboozled," his self-serving indictment of modern minstrelsy, which at least was worth arguing about.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Alisha
    Aug 25, 2006
    9
    I love loved she hate me. I did get a little bored for a second but I mean what movie doesnt have a boring part in it. This movie has got to be the sexiest movie I have ever seen. Nothin I love better than to see two women gettin it on! Plot was great and entertaining! Forget what all these snoody critics are saying its not you're average hollywood movie and thats what makes it so great. Full Review »
  2. FranciscaC.
    Jul 7, 2006
    9
    I got it; I liked it. Movies are for entertainment and that I was. Comedies are comedy and an exaggertion of life. Two thumbs up.