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Dayveon Reviews

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December 25, 2018
Luckily, Dayveon is worth every penny. Quiet and powerful, it's a film that takes a familiar story and makes it feel new. So, take the risk. You won't regret it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
January 25, 2018
[Director] Amman Abbasi ... pulls no punches in his evocation of hopelessness and despair amongst this particular African-American community in the Deep South.
November 2, 2017
A story that doesn't quite live up to its spirit filled images and lofty vision, but will sting no matter what? Lay off the honey, this writer says to himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 21, 2017
It's only in Dayveon's final act that plot contrivances begin to wander away from Abbasi's carefully calibrated realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 18, 2017
This film is a valuable piece of storytelling, transcribing pivotal moments in the lives of many of our boys.
September 16, 2017
A slow-burning, atmospheric drama. One of the most mesmerizing and haunting American films since Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 15, 2017
... offers a raw yet sincere portrait of adolescence, with a firm grasp on its characters and setting.
September 14, 2017
Although the path taken by Dayveon and the plotting are well-traveled, 28-year-old filmmaker Abbasi does some intriguing things with tone and texture ...
September 13, 2017
No interaction here feels staged or false, though the film itself is often strikingly composed.
September 12, 2017
Amman Abbasi isn't confident enough to let this detailed environment pull its own weight, and the film ultimately leans on overwrought metaphors and contrived plot hijinks to make sense of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2017
The diffuse filmmaking style muffles the story's power.
September 11, 2017
Abbasi has elicited outstanding performances from his entirely-amateur cast, who infuse both authenticity and professionalism into their roles. And it's impossible to remain unmoved by the many contrasts he carefully arranges.
September 11, 2017
By displacing some familiar gang-movie dynamics into an environment less often glimpsed on film, Abbasi stays true to the offbeat heart of his influences.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 26, 2017
A coming of age tale of a 13-year-old African American living in rural Arkansas that captures the boy's heartaches and urges, though English subtitles would make the picture more accessible.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 19, 2017
Abbasi transplants hood movie tropes to the Deep South, infusing the bucolic settings with junkyard lyricism.
February 10, 2017
An experiential coming of age tale very much anchored to its surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2017
Abbasi fights against ... cliches with an atmospheric, immersive evocation of rural Arkansas and an emphasis on closely observed lives rather than narrative drive.
February 4, 2017
Dayveon stands out with its vision, regional flavor and overall personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 27, 2017
This film, for all its strengths, is the first work of a young director still trying to gain mastery of his voice. That will come, and it will be fascinating to see what comes next.
January 27, 2017
"Dayveon," the debut film from Amman Abbasi, acts as a calling card for strong directorial talents that are first displayed here, but are sure flourish even more powerfully in future efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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