Pariah Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Such a shame the rest of the picture hews so closely to the stereotypical indie playbook.
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Pariah tells an involving story that's both deftly relatable and urgently progressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
June 25, 2012
The uniformly excellent work that Rees coaxes from her entire ensemble elevates her film above the more formulaic coming-of-age beats of her screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
June 1, 2012
Displaying an amazing amount of confidence and vulnerability at the same time, Oduye carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 25, 2012
Like Albert Nobbs, Pariah deals with issues of identity and sexuality, though in a vastly different way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
...evades the formula for coming-of-age films as it announces the arrival of a fascinating new star in the remarkable Adepero Oduye.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 13, 2012
That's what I loved about "Pariah," that it sets up a very familiar narrative and then makes it painfully real and surprising. T
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 9, 2012
A smart, compelling -- and optimistic -- portrait of heartbreak and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
March 8, 2012
Wayans, best known for acting in comedies with her siblings, is a revelation as a woman whose faith offers both hope and blind judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 7, 2012
Smart, heartfelt, savvy, beautifully acted -- and clever enough at 86 minutes not to overstay its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 1, 2012
"Pariah" has a vibrant and funky street-wise lyricism, and Rees captures the conflicting emotions of the title character with a fierce intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
February 17, 2012
The gay coming-of-age story's been done, but "Pariah" has something fresh to say, largely about the knotty complexities of love, and how they might keep someone in the closet: How badly do you need to be free, to hurt the people you love?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 17, 2012
The bright, bold and unusual colors heighten the emotional impact of Rees' story without interfering with the realism...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 10, 2012
This is a movie that will doubtless speak to those who have endured similar hardships in their youth, and Rees' message seems to be that, as Dan Savage would say, it gets better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This fresh new angle on teen sexuality goes well beyond the usual film treatment of this material, creating memorable characters and real drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 1, 2012
[Filmmaker Dee] Rees's eye for how [teen lesbian] Alike maneuvers between her notion of who she is and whom everyone else wants and expects her to be is intense and poignant...
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
January 26, 2012
Young, gifted, and a gay
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
January 25, 2012
On a second viewing, I couldn't escape one thought: There's nothing simple about teens coming out to their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 22, 2012
Rees brings a heartfelt connection to the material, based on her own coming-out story, but the film's ingredients aren't the freshest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 20, 2012
Sets new standards for gay-lesbian coming-out play-acting with these "everyday people" rebel girls.
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