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Fierce People Reviews

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Tom Beer
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
Director Griffin Dunne, working from Dirk Wittenborn's adaptation of his own novel, pounds away at the analogy between the inherent cruelty of the tribal rituals of the Iskanani and those of the well-heeled.
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Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 24, 2007
On balance, it's a movie worth seeing with its artistic inserts, appropriate soundtrack and organic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2007
There are lots of potent things floating around in it -- sexual initiation, drugs, fantasy-land wealth, brute violence, primitive rituals, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland -- but the mix just sits there without producing any notable reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 21, 2007
Rarely has self-pity become so monotonous so quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2007
A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
After a promising start, Griffin Dunne's film bogs down and simply turns into a predictable mish-mash of a movie that is shrill and heavy-handed and totally trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 21, 2007
The film is way too banal to raise any questions of its own. [Director] Dunne, for his part, doesn't conjure up any kind of inspired visual atmosphere or compelling psychological tension. Nothing is as funny, touching, true, or sad as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 20, 2007
Dunne's messy, unpredictable, yet weirdly vital movie veers from one extreme to another without finding a consistent tone, but Sutherland never strikes a wrong note.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2007
The idea that rich people are an alien tribe is just one of many that get lost in Wittenborn's distracted script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 20, 2007
Overplotting and a particularly ugly turn make this adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn's novel less a meditation on how the rich are different than a bland coming-of-age procedural.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 13, 2007
It's possible, I suppose, that Dunne and Wittenborn were so intent on excoriating the well-to-do that they conceived of this entire movie as an act of self-flagellation. In which case, they should rest assured that no one stands to make a dime from it.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 10, 2007
A movie that practically begs you to hate it. Wish granted.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 7, 2007
Director Griffin Dunne's adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn's fiercely personal novel ambles pleasantly through coming-of-age movie territory, then takes a jarring Agatha Christie detour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 7, 2007
The last act promises some very dark and primitive acts -- not that you should care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 7, 2007
When F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked that the rich "are different from you and me," he might have been thinking of someone like the moody billionaire from Fierce People.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 6, 2007
A textbook example of the hazards of hiring a writer to adapt his own novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 6, 2007
Fierce People is based on a forced premise: the idea that a family of super-rich New Jersey eccentrics is like a tribe to be studied anthropologically. None of the characters resembles any creature you'd discover in nature, however.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 4, 2007
Overall, it's an enjoyable effort, but not a positive triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4