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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    What makes the film feel genuine, however, are the performances. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A compelling albeit highly discouraging portrait. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The excellent performances by the three leads, and the filmmakers' refusal to sugarcoat reality, elevate the film far beyond after-school special territory into something far more lasting. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A gritty, well-acted, documentary-style drama. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Powerful, documentary-style drama draws on the real-life experiences of "at risk" teenage girls. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    On the Outs parses the hopes and terrors of blasted lives with an empathy that never cheapens into pity. The movie wounds as much as it heals, and that's its true power. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    A scared-straight after-school special, but actually good. show more

  • 70
    Jan Stuart Los Angeles Times

    Bracing and remarkably compact drama, which invests some standard movie tropes of rough-and-tumble urban life with deep feeling and urgency. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Certainly not the first film to show how a crushing urban environment can make a sensible-sounding antidrug slogan like "just say no" seem like so much nonsense, but it's one of the strongest. show more

  • 70
    Joe Leydon Variety

    Skillfully entwines stories of three young women drifting in and out of a Jersey City juvenile detention center. show more

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