Deuces Wild Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 23, 2014
Scott Kalvert's attempt at a gangster picture is the worst film of 2002.
Alex Kaloostian
Christian Science Monitor
July 24, 2014
It's full of sound and fury, and the ensemble tries hard, but mob boss Fitzy has it right: They're just kids who need to grow up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
July 24, 2014
This clichéd tale of combative Brooklyn street gangs in the late 1950s gets it so wrong in so many ways, it's almost cruel to count them.
James Keith La Croix
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 3, 2013
Deuces Wild's not worth anteing up the ticket price.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 3, 2013
A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 3, 2013
It not only promotes every stereotype and invokes every cliché of Brooklyn lore, it combines them all into an insulting composite, fuses that to the chrome-and-fins of the pointless Fifties, and then -- weirdly -- pretends it's Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
June 3, 2013
Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
June 3, 2013
A flashback to a heroin casualty on a rain-soaked playground is a crucial visual aid, but any punch-drunk victim of Deuces Wild might prefer the needle to the damage done.
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Robert Koehler
October 18, 2008
This is a movie that can't say no to a melodramatic opportunity, and whatever verisimilitude inspired Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale to write a script based on Kimatian's memories of the gangs has been utterly lost along the way.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2007
Slow-motion shots of swaggering tough guys punctuate this painfully hackneyed gang drama set in late-50s Brooklyn.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 7, 2007
The script from first-timers Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale requires Dillon to say corny things like: 'Bricks don't fall outta the sky in this neighborhood unless I'm throwin' 'em.' Tony Soprano, he ain't.
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 5, 2004
What died in here, and who can we call to take its carcass away?
Susan Michals
February 1, 2004
If it was the intention of Kalvert, Gambale and Kimatian to infiltrate their script with every stereotypical hoodlum cliché from every movie covering Brooklyn bad boys, they were on the money. Too bad their movie isn't.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 14, 2003
Tentando desesperadamente se transformar em uma espécie de O Selvagem da Motocicleta do novo milênio (com toques de Amor, Sublime Amor), o filme é esquemático demais, tornando-se artificial e nada envolvente.
| Original Score: 2/5
Heather Wadowski
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
With a couple of plot twists and a few powerful performances, Deuces Wild is worth checking out -- but only on home video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
I accuse films of being generic and unoriginal on a regular basis, but rarely have I seen a movie so determined to check off every cliché on the list as Deuces Wild.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2002
Astonishing isn't the word -- neither is incompetent, incoherent or just plain crap. Indeed, none of these words really gets at the very special type of badness that is Deuces Wild.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2002
Despite its best intentions, Deuces Wild is an empty hand.
| Original Score: 3/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 3, 2002
Both half-hearted and half-assed
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
It does nothing new with the old story, except to show fisticuffs in this sort of stop-go slow motion that makes the gang rumbles look like they're being streamed over a 28K modem.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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