• Released
  • November 7, 1997
  • R , 1 hr 49 min
  • Drama
  • 6 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Tragedy strikes a Louisiana family (Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, Samuel L. Jackson) in 1962.

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
All of these moments unfold in a film of astonishing maturity and confidence; Eve's Bayou, one of the very best films of the year, is the...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
But the notable accomplishment of actress-writer Kasi Lemmons ("The Silence of the Lambs") in her feature directorial debut is in creating a...
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80

Empire

By Angie Errigo
For another, this film is that still shamefully rare pleasure, an absorbing ensemble piece in which a fine group of actors get to show...
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
You find yourself absorbed in simply looking at them to the extent that it's hard to hear what they're saying. It's a nice dilemma for a...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Rather than perpetuating racial stereotypes, Eve's Bayou defies them, creating several well-rounded characters and placing them in a...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Indeed, Eve's milieu is fresh and specific enough to make even Jackson subordinate to Kasi Lemmons, the writer (and sometimes actress) who...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
So what's the problem? Just that the plot seems a bit too schematic, the characters a little too pat, and the imagery altogether too...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As a screenwriter, Lemmons is able to keep all the plot elements in place. But as a director, she is unable to keep things moving.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
She's an adventurous, occasionally reckless filmmaker who deploys a full arsenal of cinematic flourishes, but Lemmons' lack of restraint...
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
In the end, however, the story is too contrived and melodramatic to reach its full potential.
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Rated R