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Dayveon Reviews

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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
January 25, 2017
Dayveon is suitably transporting and authentic, but seems to have trouble expressing much in the way of coherent thoughts.
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January 20, 2017
The more "Dayveon" attempts to up the dramatic and moral stakes of its narrative, the less persuasive it is as idiosyncratic, indigenous storytelling.
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
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January 22, 2017
Dayveon simply cribs from the Southern-fried playbook of its own big-name producer, David Gordon Green.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 12, 2017
The diffuse filmmaking style muffles the story's power.
September 15, 2017
... offers a raw yet sincere portrait of adolescence, with a firm grasp on its characters and setting.
January 20, 2017
Intriguing formal noodlings can't disguise the clichés in the script. Even so, it's clear that Abbasi has talent and ambition ...
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.
September 18, 2017
This film is a valuable piece of storytelling, transcribing pivotal moments in the lives of many of our boys.
January 25, 2017
Abbasi and co-writer Steven Reneau nail the socio-economic factors in this life of crime.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 10, 2017
An experiential coming of age tale very much anchored to its surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2017
Dayveon stands out with its vision, regional flavor and overall personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
January 26, 2017
Dayveon's muted, largely allusive storytelling takes a backseat to tone and place throughout, and Abbasi demonstrates an assured command of both.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 13, 2017
No interaction here feels staged or false, though the film itself is often strikingly composed.
January 25, 2017
Quietly moving to watch [Dayveon] find something he can old on to between all the stupid that surrounds us.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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.
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