April 26th, 2011       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The first reviews for “Jesus Henry Christ” are in after the film world-premiered this Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival and the critics are rather disappointed with the film, as it seems. Here are a few snippets.

Indie Wire, April 26, 2011

I suppose that this movie was inevitable. After a decade in which “500 Days of Summer,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno” made great success out of quirky humor and eccentric characters, we were bound to some day find ourselves face to face with a miserably mediocre attempt to keep the creativity going. “Jesus Henry Christ” tries so hard to be original, cute, funny and unique but just ends up looking foolish and exhausted. Bad jokes, over-extended gimmicks and horribly written supporting characters whirl around your head as you attempt to find some sort of redeeming narrative. Unfortunately, not even the heavy handed voice-over helps with that. […] Toni Collette and Michael Sheen are quite good and offer genuine humanity to roles that don’t have much of it on the page

The Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2011

Collette’s character faces moments of emotional difficulty along the lines of “The Sixth Sense,” and the movie’s attempts at wacky comedy and poignancy call back, rather baldly, to her turn in “Little Miss Sunshine,” without quite the same results. Lee’s movie, shifting abruptly between earnest drama and cartoonish comedy, was tepidly received by the Tribeca crowd – but not specifically because of Collette’s performance.




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