• R, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Dee Rees
    In Theaters:
    Dec 28, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 24, 2012
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Pariah Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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The movie's point, which is impossible to miss, is that it's hard being black & gay in America and, while there's undoubtedly truth in that sentiment, it doesn't necessarily make for a compelling motion picture circa 2011.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 2, 2012
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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It's impossible not to root for Lee to assert her identity and to fulfill her dreams, but neither she nor the rest of the characters have any existence outside the script's exhortations.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 26, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Like Albert Nobbs, Pariah deals with issues of identity and sexuality, though in a vastly different way.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 25, 2012
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Every dramatic beat feels preordained, and it's simply because Rees ... is more concerned with situations than characters.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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As clunky subplots and soap operatics start to nudge their way into the mix, the filmmaker seems unable to maintain that early tone and focus.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 20, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 22, 2012
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

Pariah tells an involving story that's both deftly relatable and urgently progressive.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 10/10

September 15, 2012
Grae Drake

Director and writer Dee Rees, along with a phenomenal performance by Adepero Oduye, gives plenty of points of access for audiences to identify with Alike, and the result is rewarding, rich and universally important.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2011
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

Ultimately, Pariah chronicles pain and beauty in the birth of an artist. The film's only real pariahs are those who reject her.

Full Review Source: New York Press

March 25, 2011

The intensity of these performances, and their gorgeous rendering on film by cinematographer Bradford Young, carry a film that could easily have sunk into Sundance-indie inspirational cliché.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 7.9/10

January 9, 2012
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It is a striking debut: visually rich, emotionally complex and graced by strong performances from top to bottom.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

January 18, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

April 29, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is an impressive debut for writer-director Dee Rees.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 5, 2012
Ella Taylor
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Pariah is a tender, sporadically goofy, yet candid examination of emergent identity.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 4, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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A moving story that's told with intelligence, heart and a working knowledge of the real world we live in.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

December 27, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Rees packs a lot into a simple narrative, and only rarely overpacks.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 5, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The originality lies in the details, and the dramatic energy that sustains almost every scene.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 5, 2012
Andrew Barker
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Vivid photography, true-to-life moments and a wonderful lead performance compensate for some first-timer missteps in debutante writer-director Dee Rees' Pariah.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 21, 2011
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

Pariah sets a new standard for the coming-of-age genre.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 11, 2012
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Authentic and moving. Adepero Oduye gives a breakthrough performance in the lead role, and Kim Wayans is a revelation as Alike's conflicted mother. One of the five best GLBT-themed narrative films of 2011.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

December 23, 2011
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
December 30, 2011
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
Neil Rosen
January 5, 2012
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