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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A provocative, upsetting film. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A disturbing and provocative study of adolescence and isolation. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Dano is a real find in this daunting role about a teenager's identity crisis. The subject of the movie is dicey but ultimately deeply rewarding. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    One of the year's most unsettling -- and perhaps most illuminating -- films. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The ending is a cheap shot. An inconclusive ending would have been better, and perhaps more honest. The movie and the ending have so little in common that it's as if the last scene is spliced in from a different film. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A mature, insightful and extremely well-acted study of a boy at a crossroads in his life, and a doomed, tortured man who, consciously or not, longs for some kind of redemption, before it's too late. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Depicts the bleak suburban milieu in a manner that avoids exploitation. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Paints a sincere and serious portrait of the seductiveness of evil and the self-destructive nature of depravity. show more

  • July 31, 2011 derfsirref
    Report This User

    real picture of disturbed youth and its challenges.

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