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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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 21, 2015
Sean Nelson is a quiet revelation as the title character, a child who actively participates in what he regards as the only game in town, yet consistently demonstrates more caution and smarts than his friends or relatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2015
The script by writer-director Boaz Yakin is fresh itself, marrying the physical violence of Fresh's world with the intellectual violence of competitive chess.
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.
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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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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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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2015
Sean Nelson, who turned 13 just before the film was shot, gives a fine, self-assured performance in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
You may not believe a minute of it, though you won't forget Nelson's face.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A stylish, affecting, ingeniously plotted first feature.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The subject and visual style could not be more forcefully matched.
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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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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Yakin may be a novice, but from the movie's first poetic images, this gifted young filmmaker tells his story with a sure, distinctly personal voice.
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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
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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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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.