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Native Son Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Transforms the novel into an all-too-genteel crime story, denuded of rage, devoid of social and historic context.
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, drama translates as melodrama and speechy, preachy dialogue tells us we're watching something that's good for us.
May 20, 2003
The film makers haven't listened to Wright. They appear to have been aiming at the same genteel audience that insists on seeing something sentimental and upbeat even in a television movie-of-the-week about AIDS.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 11, 2004
Well-intended but deadly dull
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The movie understands that the story really is about the killer's point of view. It is not the story of a crime, not a docudrama, not a sociological essay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
January 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2010
Ultimately, the film fails because of Silver's fears of offending the audience, the same fear that Wright himself faced and overcame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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