Manages to be at once racist, homophobic, utterly fake, and unbearably tedious.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Lee carries his political exasperation beyond outrage into chaos.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
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.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Might qualify as the most misguided, ill-conceived and lamentable film of [Lee's] career.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Sheer agony to sit through.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
For all his irreverence, Lee still seems uncertain how to convey deep, adult feeling without seeming obligated to feel.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Ankle-chained to the ball of Jack's depression, She Hate Me lurches from cartoonish didacticism to glum slapstick.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
It's quite a paradox that someone so acutely attuned to racism would so enthusiastically embrace the worst cliches of homophobia and misogyny.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
- Houston Chronicle
Maddening, invigorating, ridiculous, hilarious and messier than a rack of ribs without a napkin.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
[Lee's] most muddled message movie to date.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The melange 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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
She Hate Me invites anger and analysis about the stereotypes it appears to celebrate; a film that attacked those stereotypes would inspire yawns.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Fun to watch and fun to think about later; it's chockful of provocative statements about corporate morality, sexual hypocrisy and what's wrong about both today.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
I will not say that I liked it. I will say that like Bamboozled, it exasperates and resonates.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Two movies mashed together.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Scattered, clumsily ambitious, sexist, amateurish and just plain dumb, She Hate Me is a bad film, most likely the worst film Spike Lee has ever made.
Tom Long - Detroit News
- Arizona Republic
More often than not, the sheer originality and ambition of the project carry pic, which is further bolstered by its superb ensemble cast.
Scott Foundas - Variety
May not be subtle or disciplined, but it is funny as hell.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Succeeds in finding something to offend almost everybody.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Within its messy framework there's a lot to like about She Hate Me.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Easily Lee's most disorganized movie, She Hate Me is also one of the most preposterous efforts by any major director in recent memory.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Lee, who always has an agenda, is fundamentally unsuited to satire, which has no sides, no friends, no agenda.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
A mixed bag, but at least it's interesting and almost never boring.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
How can a director as savvy as Lee make so many errors of judgment regarding taste, tone, intention and dramatic structure?
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
When a Spike Lee film doesn't fly, it sinks like a stone. This one is Gibraltar.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
When it comes to social issues, Lee is fiercely, admirably activist, but when it comes to sex, he plays into stereotypes and myths that are all the more easily reinforced because they occur in a raucously comic context.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
This extremely graphic movie is not for kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
"She Hate Me" is just as tongue-tied as its ridiculous title.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Com ideias interessantes o bastante para render tres filmes, Spike Lee realiza um filme assustadoramente caotico e sem foco para um cineasta com sua experiencia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
- Time Out
- Film Threat
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Tighter focus would have incited the fury that She Hate Me's ambition demands. It's left saying too much but not enough.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Seems like the ramblings of an insulated, precocious teenager
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
J. Robert Parks - Looking Closer
[Spike Lee] is a genius who's never made a decent film.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
Is Lee satirizing something? Is this all a metaphor for something? Or is it just a heavy-handed mess, full of non-sequiturs? My vote is for the latter.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
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.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
A bizarre stinker . . . it's too bad, for the sake of Lee's career, that this mistake of a movie didn't spontaneously combust on the first reel.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
A train wreck as only Spike Lee could make it.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
An overreaching satire that even Lee's biggest fans will find disappointing.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Watching it is like listening in on a heated debate amongst five people about various issues where all of them are talking at once and no one is stopping for a breath.
Michael Ferraro - Film Threat
Allusions to Frank Wills, the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in, suggest a story that would have made a much better Spike Lee movie than this misfire...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Attractively cast and at times amusing, but it's 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.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
- Baltimore Sun
If this is a subtle inversion of the sex wars it passed clear over my head as Anthony Mackie grunts his way through five ecstatic women a night
James Christopher - Times [UK]
This film is so all over the place that Spike Lee drowns out his own argument and sabotages the story.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The hate in She Hate Me seems mostly to come from the people who made it.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
The notion that all these [lesbians] are physically and emotionally satisfied by their trysts with Jack would have played well at the recent Republican National Convention.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Fascinating from start to finish.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Using sex so amusingly, Lee makes satire sexy.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
If Lee had focused, the film might have been a great one.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A misshapen and sometimes sorry affair that aims for satire, without always being clear about what it's attempting to satirize.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
If you're truly adventurous in your movie-going and fed up with movies that play by the numbers, play it safe and come with audience-fawning reassurances, then She Hate Me just might be the harsh cinematic tonic you crave.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
...a movie that spews so much random, senseless, undigested matter that it seems more like projectile vomiting than filmmaking.
Lance Goldenberg - Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
There's something in here to offend humans of any background or predilection, all of it unleavened by the humor or storytelling skill that might make it halfway palatable.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Someone needs to show Lee how to draw a straight line. He remains a vital and distinctive stylist, but as a storyteller he flies from one tangent to the next, as if he is so outraged all he can do is sputter.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Less a joint than a high-rise built on a wobbly foundation.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
Lee presumably had two ideas, one an expose 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.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
As visually electric as it is conceptually stupid.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Karen Karbo - Oregonian
It's not only unfathomable and borderline offensive, it's never-ending, leaving its bewildered and battered audience in the dark for well over two hours.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
I hates this movie.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Nothing in the film rings remotely true.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Lee seems to have no idea where he wants this satire to go.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Spike Lee's She Hate Me is about as awful as a film can be without being the ultimate awful, which is boring.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A train wreck.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Spike Lee's bold voice is lost in a sea of snaky narrative threads that squeeze the plot and virtually choke it to death.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
It's a muddled, overlong, politically incorrect satire that goes wrong in so many ways it's hard to know where to begin dismantling the thing.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Finally, a movie that can vie with Gigli as the worst feature of the new millennium.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A reminder that Spike Lee is one of our great American filmmakers, unafraid to address, directly and artfully, contemporary issues in a context of national history.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The shards of this film have more audacity and intelligence than most of what is out there and its failures are more interesting to ponder than most films' successes.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The kind of extravagantly bad movie only a genius could make, She Hate Me feels like an embarrassingly public nervous breakdown.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Lee should know better -- he's too talented to be serving up this kind of silliness, and so are his actors.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A uniquely insane film which should be experienced and needs to be seen to be believed.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Plays out as though Genet dumped a handful of front-page stories from The Wall Street Journal into the Script-o-Matic 2000 and pushed the Drama and Farce buttons at the same time, yielding lame results.
D. Parvaz - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Once your hero's crisis is whether or not to pity f@!# card-carrying bombshell Monica Bellucci, you might as well have unicorns and gnomes running around
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Shot in a fast 26 days, the film has an off-the-cuff feel which makes up in enthusiasm what it lacks in polish.
Richard James Havis - Film Journal International
- Boston Phoenix
After the 2000 satire Bamboozled and now this, I can't help but wonder how much longer [Lee] can afford to make interesting but deeply flawed movies.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
What could Spike Lee have been thinking?
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Deeply offensive, staggeringly unfunny, pretentious and, at 140 minutes, about 135 minutes too long...
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
An ambitious but undisciplined mess of a movie...goes all over the place and winds up nowhere.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
... may be the worst movie of the year.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Spike Lee's She Hate Me begins with money.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
She Hate Me is more like an automobile accident designed to get liberal-minded looky-loos to crane their necks and survey the wreckage.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Spike Lee is taking shotgun-blast aim at, well, everything--from corporate injustice to racial stereotypes to lesbian issues. And with his scattershot approach he misses all of his targets.
- E! Online
While this presumably all makes sense inside Spike's head, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever onscreen.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
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.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
A smart, sexy and original comedy.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A distillation of rhetoric that never gets properly shaped, compounded by various on-screen speeches that leave the audience feeling taught, talked down to and criticized.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
If you're going to make a political statement, back it up. Don't give us this half-baked, atrociously acted, tin-eared, five-films-in-one, everything you want to know about sex, three's company, heather has two mommies fiasco.
Joshua Tanzer - Offoffoff
At 2 1/2 hours running time, you get more than you bargained for in sheer befuddlement.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Lee's shrill, juvenile polemic crams ideas about corporate greed, same-sex parenting and racial stereotypes into a narrative torn from the video store's adult-movie section.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Forget the politics, bawdy humor wins out.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
It seems as if She Hate Me is two different stories spliced together, with cross-purposed tones and topics.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Targets 'the decline of ethics ... from the boardroom to the bedroom,' and misses on both fronts.
Jon Strickland - L.A. Weekly
This gonzo 140-minute omnibus reserves a scene or two for any social or political concern you'd care to mention.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
maybe She Hate Me's title does make sense - as foreshadowing for the reaction it'll receive from real-world lesbians
Nick Schager - Filmcritic.com
Most contracts are negotiated with John Hancocks, but in She Hate Me, deals are sealed with hot lesbian action.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine