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Skins (2002)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 24

Though at times melodramatic, Skins' harsh depiction of life on the reservation is an eye-opener.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 11

Though at times melodramatic, Skins' harsh depiction of life on the reservation is an eye-opener.



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One hundred years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, the painful legacy of the Indian wars still reverberates through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the Oglala Sioux attempt to preserve their ancient dignity while living on welfare checks and surplus commodity food. Whiteclay, Nebraska, is a small town two miles south of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Their annual beer sales exceed 3.5. million per annum. More than 95% of those sales are to Lakota people from the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Art House & International, Drama

Jennifer D. Lyne, Adrian C. Lewis

Mar 25, 2003

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (24) | DVD (2)

Skins is a wrenching, uncompromisingly bleak film, but its stars ... fill the screen with warmth, humor and spiritual yearning in the face of hardship and tragedy.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Rather quickly, the film falls into a soothing formula of brotherly conflict and reconciliation.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It's a haunting indictment of a situation that has by and large been swept under the rug by Americans -- a stirring look at one man's impotent rage.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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To see this movie is to understand why the faces on Mount Rushmore are so painful and galling to the first Americans.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Although mainstream American movies tend to exploit the familiar, every once in a while a film arrives from the margin that gives viewers a chance to learn, to grow, to travel.

October 11, 2002
Detroit News
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What makes Skins compelling is how it opens our eyes to conditions on the reservation.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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While most of the acting was good, some of it was amateurish.

August 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Like Smoke Signals, the film is also imbued with strong themes of familial ties and spirituality that are powerful and moving without stooping to base melodrama

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source:

Whatever Eyre's failings as a dramatist, he deserves credit for bringing audiences into this hard and bitter place.

December 12, 2002 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Director Chris Eyre is going through the paces again with his usual high melodramatic style of filmmaking.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Though the aboriginal aspect lends the ending an extraordinary poignancy, and the story itself could be played out in any working class community in the nation.

December 2, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It lacks the compassion, good-natured humor and the level of insight that made [Eyre's] first film something of a sleeper success.

November 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Thanks to strong performances by Schweig and Greene, the results are powerful and heartbreaking.

November 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

There's a certain raggedness and preachiness to the picture, but ultimately its simplicity and basic integrity shine through and compensate for the flaws.

November 21, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Despite all of its good intentions, Skins remains only skin deep.

November 15, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Eric Schweig and Graham Greene both exude an air of dignity that's perfect for the proud warrior that still lingers in the souls of these characters.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source:

A craving for social order and logic where there may be little or none, and lost in a sea of white values and imposed authority irrelevant to Indian pain.

October 28, 2002 Full Review
Long Island Press

All-in-all, the film is an enjoyable and frankly told tale of a people who live among us, but not necessarily with us.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source:

Like Rudy Yellow Lodge, Eyre needs to take a good sweat to clarify his cinematic vision before his next creation and remember the lessons of the trickster spider.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source:

'Like a child with an important message to tell...[Skins'] faults are easy to forgive because the intentions are lofty.'

October 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It is an observant, humane portrait of a couple of fascinatingly complex characters.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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