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The Cool World Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2016
The only thing that could make this world cooler would be a gun, and in the boy's quest to acquire one from a local hustler, Clarke shows a needy child maturing into a hardened criminal.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 27, 2012
As we've come to expect of Miss Clarke's pictures, it is boldly and studiously styled as a literal documentation of a particular social scene, and its attack is more that of the reporter than of the interested teller of a tale.
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Time Out
March 27, 2012
Often crudely photographed, but with a brilliantly multi-layered sound-track which integrates some fine jazz.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2012
It certainly had a visceral impact when it first appeared, helped enormously by Baird Bryant's cinematography and Dizzy Gillespie's score.
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
Sometimes the characters get a bit lost in the general schematics of the pic, which at times waters down its underlying irony. But, overall, Clarke has a firm hold on her characters and story.