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Pure

Pure (2005)

tomatometer

74

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 6

This entry in the kitchen-sink realism genre is elevated by its strong performances.

100

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

This entry in the kitchen-sink realism genre is elevated by its strong performances.

audience

53

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 273

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A group of young Montrealers seek, in their own limited ways, for the meaning of life, love, sex and friendship. Misha is a street-smart college student who is torn between completing her degree and her party-girl past. During her summer off in the suburbs she meets Josh, a sweet sensitive guy she instantly falls for. Misha brings him along to the city to help her find an apartment, register for classes, and maybe a little more. Josh's quiet, introspective world is shaken when Misha's quirky

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Jul 25, 2006

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Eden, who holds the film together by his winning presence and doughty performance, effectively conveys the effect of severe challenges that no child should ever have to face.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Although there is nothing really new here, an honest sense of humanity wins out.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Parker and Harry Eden, the boy who plays her precocious-by-necessity son, elevate Pure from a tedious cautionary tale to a wrenching drama.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Molly Parker is an extraordinary actress of the ordinary.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a good film that really knows its subject.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Pure is made in the fine old miserabilist tradition of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, but MacKinnon has a rare way with children and a poetic eye for even the drabbest inner-city habitats.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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derivative ... we've seen better

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It is so well-acted that it deserves admiration, but some of its pedestrian plot elements drag it down toward mediocrity.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

There are latchkey kids, and then there's Paul, the 10-year-old hero (there's no other word for it) of Gillies MacKinnon's powerful drama Pure.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

You kinda wish something, anything good would happen to the kid. Maybe someone could get him some ice cream.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

PURE offers a fascinating contrast between acting talent (Molly Parker) and star quality (Kiera Knightley).

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

In an award-worthy performance, [Eden] possesses the screen with ease and steals the entire film.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A decent but ultimately unmemorable film.

June 11, 2005
Reel.com

Though compellingly acted, Pure's spit and polished kitchen-sink realism exudes a disconcertingly cheery affection for the lives of its characters.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Talented performers, effectively dramatic.

February 10, 2004

First and foremost a family drama rather than a wallow in drug-scare conventions

May 18, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The conclusion undermines a thoughtful treatment of a serious subject, tilting the enterprise towards triteness and sentimentality.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Kitchen-sink realism with far too much drama going down the drain.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Pure

[font=Century Gothic]"Pure" takes place following the death of Paul's father, making ten-year old Paul(Harry Eden) the man of the house, as his distraught mother(Molly Parker) has been seduced by Lenny(David Wenham), a drug dealer, and the narcotic allure of heroin. After the death of a family friend, Vicki(Marsha Thomason), she vows to go cold turkey in an attempt to kick the addiction for the sake of her family.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Pure" is an occasionally harrowing tale of addiction with an ending that is simply too pat, told from a child's point of view while at the same time not making the children emotional hostages. Here, drug dealers are portrayed as vampires preying on the weaknesses of others. Overall, the movie only rises above the ordinary due to Molly Parker's emotionally exacting performance.[/font]
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