• Unrated, 1 hr. 12 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Richard Kaplan , Kent MacKenzie
  • In Theaters:    Aug 1, 1961 Wide
  • On DVD:    Nov 17, 2009
  • Milestone Film & Video

The Exiles Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 12, 2008

Director Brent MacKenzie's black-and-white documentary/narrative genre blender about urbanized Native Americans in 1961 Los Angeles is a cold glass of cinematic water drawn from the same well as Joseph Strick's "The Savage Eye" (1960).

Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2008

While the mood is spot-on, the dubbed dialogue is so persistently lousy that it besmirches the proceedings' otherwise-entrancing beauty.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
July 11, 2008

In the secret, unwritten history of alternative American culture [Mackenzie] stands as a hero, alongside the Indians of Bunker Hill and the generations before them.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post
Top Critic
July 11, 2008

It took nearly 50 years, but an important piece of film history is finally getting its due.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
July 11, 2008

A semidocumentary account of native Americans living in Los Angeles's downtown Bunker Hill, its evocations of loneliness and despair and renewal are among the most eloquent in American cinema.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
July 11, 2008

Though it arrives nearly three decades too late for Mackenzie to enjoy its resurrection, it comes none too soon to enthrall serious cinephiles seeking respite from the assaultive bombast of studio summer blockbusters.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic
July 10, 2008

Compared to the slick approach that Hollywood took even to the 'social problem' films of the era, The Exiles is bracing and raw, more akin to the French New Wave and British kitchen-sink dramas.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
Top Critic
July 10, 2008

This 50-year-old film about a Los Angeles neighborhood on the skids and its barely tethered dwellers stands as the freshest movie in theaters.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
July 9, 2008

Kent MacKenzie's forgotten indie basks in the retroactive glow of never having had a theatrical release -- as if that somehow makes it a work of misunderstood genius.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Armond White
New York Press
July 9, 2008

Mackenzie's sparkling, moody black-and-white images of what might be called the Native American Diaspora, depict a classic American story of aspiration and tragedy. It is beautiful and devastating.

Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
July 8, 2008

Kent MacKenzie's 1961 groundbreaking classic about Native American urban alienation, unfolds like an Edwin Hopper painting in motion as intimate noirish voiceover soliloquies of these three troubled protagonists.

Dennis Lim
New York Times
Top Critic
July 7, 2008

Despite its compact time frame the film conjures a powerful sensation of purgatory: a night like many others.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
September 24, 2011

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