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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    That the film finds its own groove is due largely to the eye of director Ernest Dickerson. Not surprisingly, he began his career as a cinematographer, working on Spike Lee’s early films. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Pulpy, fairly speedy but just the same old urban thing by its wrap-up. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    What Never Die Alone is is a hackneyed tale of vengeance set in the 'hood, teeming with stock characters, slo-mo gunplay, and rampant misogyny. show more

  • 12
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Racist, misogynistic and breath­takingly cynical, Ernest Dickerson's clichéd crime drama Never Die Alone shamelessly exploits the degrada­tion of its irredeemable characters. show more

  • 20
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Alas, this is just film ugly. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Never Die Alone is [Dickerson's] best work to date, with the complexity of serious fiction and the nerve to start dark and stay dark, to follow the logic of its story right down to its inevitable end. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    Purports to be literate film noir but comes off more like the overwritten project of a film school kid who just memorized his textbook on the style. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This throwback to the outmoded blaxploitation genre is skillfully filmed by Dickerson, but has little else to offer besides cheap, violent thrills. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Invites us to both hate King David and admire his style, and there will probably be some hand-wringing about that. show more

  • 38
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    What dooms Never Die Alone even as amoral pulp entertainment is the screenplay by neophyte James Gibson, which combines clichéd characters and a contrived plot with stale dialogue. show more

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