Fresh Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 21, 2015
The movie's two instincts are at complete odds with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 16, 2001
Extremely disturbing and unnecessarily violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Without a fully-formed perspective on its protagonist, Fresh remains a picture that is more powerful and affecting in concept than in actual execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2015
Glibly shocking, it would like you to think it deals with the hard realities of urban life, but in fact it uses its patina of social consciousness as a come-on for the most conventional kind of violent commercial filmmaking.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 21, 2015
It's rigorous and quite depressing fare.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Here's a movie filled with drama and excitement, unfolding a plot of brilliant complexity, in which the central character is solemn and silent, saying only what he has to say, revealing himself only strategically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
With a script as smart as the title character, Fresh keeps its viewers guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
April 21, 2015
The absence of moralising and macho posturing gives authenticity and poignancy to the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
We've seen this story before, but it's told surprisingly well here.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 6, 2010
Yakin has put some powerful drama up on the screen, and he has been assisted by no one more significantly than young Nelson, who plays Fresh.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2015
This is kept alive largely through its first-rate performances, beginning with Sean Nelson's as the boy; Giancarlo Esposito is also a standout.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A stylish, affecting, ingeniously plotted first feature.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Fresh] is urgently lyrical, right down to its final, haunting image. And in lead performer Sean Nelson, first-time filmmaker Yakin has a 12-year-old breath of fresh air whose beatific face could launch a thousand scripts.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The acting by Esposito and Jackson is exceptional, but it is on the remarkable face of Nelson that Yakin shows what gets lost when a child beats criminals at their own game.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2015
Fresh appeals to the head as well as the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 21, 2015
[Fresh is] made with a subtle precision that suggests a Vermeer landscape of the ninth circle of hell.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 14, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
May 7, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 3, 2005
Unlike John Singleton's by-the-numbers Boyz n the Hood, Boaz Yakin's Fresh doesn't rely on skeletal portrayals of life in the ghetto, or moralistic messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
This directorial debut by Boaz Yakin works its disturbing magic with all-too-realistic violence and finely drawn characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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