Slant Magazine gives it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars and says, "Divorcing New Orleans from its stereotypes (there's no ham-fisted Creole dialogue, no digs at the indigenous cuisine), the filmmaker imagines the boiling, boggy city as a purgatory for lost souls, spotted with cinephiliac mold." DVD Talk says, "It's a quiet, peculiar little movie that occasionally jumps at you unexpectedly". EW says, "Jarmusch is more interested in the journey than the destination." Roger Ebert calls it "a true original that kind of grows on you" and says, "it's a good movie, and the more you know about movies, the more you're likely to like it." It has a critics score of 88% at Rotten Tomatoes, and the audience score is even higher.