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Native Son Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 20, 2010
Ultimately, the film fails because of Silver's fears of offending the audience, the same fear that Wright himself faced and overcame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie understands that the story really is about the killer's point of view. It is not the story of a crime, not a docudrama, not a sociological essay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 11, 2004
Well-intended but deadly dull
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film makers haven't listened to Wright. They appear to have been aiming at the same genteel audience that insists on seeing something sentimental and upbeat even in a television movie-of-the-week about AIDS.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Transforms the novel into an all-too-genteel crime story, denuded of rage, devoid of social and historic context.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, drama translates as melodrama and speechy, preachy dialogue tells us we're watching something that's good for us.
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