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58 Ratings

She's Gotta Have It

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 2017
Comedy, Drama, TV Series


The story of one woman and her three lovers. TV series based on the film by Spike Lee.

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She's Gotta Have It Directed by Spike Lee
It’s pointedly, furiously of its time, including a montage sequence set to Stew’s song “Klown Wit Da Nuclear Code” (whose music video Lee directed). But what it above all feels crowded with, and what distinguishes it as a major work in Lee’s career and of the time, is that it’s a passionately energized grab bag of Lee’s own obsessions and concerns, gravitating around one core: the very nature of black American identity, and its inseparability from American identity as a whole.
November 22, 2017
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It’s fascinating, in a back-asswards way, because it shows that Lee is as influenced as ever by Jean-Luc Godard . . . I have no idea if I’m enticing you to watch the show or actively driving you away from it, but that’s Spike Lee for you: He does his thing, and you can take it or leave it, and it’s the take-it-or-leave-it attitude that inclines me to take it.
November 22, 2017
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Lee’s a preacher who can get down with the get down (tellingly, many of his characters embody this very duality), and his simultaneous sense of control and of free-wheeling spontaneity suggests a weary common sense born of experience. It’s an experience that the filmmaker hadn’t yet attained when he made She’s Gotta Have It in 1986. Now, more than 30 years later, his sensibility offers hope for a country riven by ignorance and hatred.
November 20, 2017
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