Dayveon Reviews

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
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.
February 4, 2017
Dayveon stands out with its vision, regional flavor and overall personality.
January 25, 2017
Quietly moving to watch [Dayveon] find something he can old on to between all the stupid that surrounds us.
Top Critic
January 22, 2017
Dayveon simply cribs from the Southern-fried playbook of its own big-name producer, David Gordon Green.
January 20, 2017
Intriguing formal noodlings can't disguise the clichs in the script. Even so, it's clear that Abbasi has talent and ambition ...
Top Critic
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.