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Deuces Wild (2002)



Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 71
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 69

Melodramatic and weighted down with silly dialogue, Deuces Wild is a forgettable, overheated thriller that leaves no cliche unturned.


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 23

Melodramatic and weighted down with silly dialogue, Deuces Wild is a forgettable, overheated thriller that leaves no cliche unturned.



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This gang warfare drama is from director Scott Kalvert, whose previous film was the controversial and violent The Basketball Diaries (1995). In the sweltering summer of 1958, Leon (Stephen Dorff) and Bobby (Brad Renfro) are leaders of the Brooklyn street gang known as the Deuces. When their brother Alley Boy died from an overdose, the two toughs vowed to keep narcotics out of their turf, but now they're being muscled by a new and more powerful gang called the Vipers, fueled by drug money and led


Drama, Action & Adventure

Paul Kimatian, Christopher Gambale

Aug 6, 2002


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A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It not only promotes every stereotype and invokes every cliché of Brooklyn lore, it combines them all into an insulting composite, fuses that to the chrome-and-fins of the pointless Fifties, and then -- weirdly -- pretends it's Shakespeare.

June 3, 2013
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Skip it.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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A flashback to a heroin casualty on a rain-soaked playground is a crucial visual aid, but any punch-drunk victim of Deuces Wild might prefer the needle to the damage done.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This is a movie that can't say no to a melodramatic opportunity, and whatever verisimilitude inspired Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale to write a script based on Kimatian's memories of the gangs has been utterly lost along the way.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Slow-motion shots of swaggering tough guys punctuate this painfully hackneyed gang drama set in late-50s Brooklyn.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Deuces Wild's not worth anteing up the ticket price.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

What died in here, and who can we call to take its carcass away?

July 5, 2004

If it was the intention of Kalvert, Gambale and Kimatian to infiltrate their script with every stereotypical hoodlum cliché from every movie covering Brooklyn bad boys, they were on the money. Too bad their movie isn't.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Tentando desesperadamente se transformar em uma espécie de O Selvagem da Motocicleta do novo milênio (com toques de Amor, Sublime Amor), o filme é esquemático demais, tornando-se artificial e nada envolvente.

July 14, 2003
Cinema em Cena

With a couple of plot twists and a few powerful performances, Deuces Wild is worth checking out -- but only on home video.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I accuse films of being generic and unoriginal on a regular basis, but rarely have I seen a movie so determined to check off every cliché on the list as Deuces Wild.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

Despite its best intentions, Deuces Wild is an empty hand.

August 3, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Both half-hearted and half-assed

July 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

It does nothing new with the old story, except to show fisticuffs in this sort of stop-go slow motion that makes the gang rumbles look like they're being streamed over a 28K modem.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Some decent actors inflict big damage upon their reputations.

June 7, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

If they broke out into elaborate choreography, singing and finger snapping it might have held my attention, but as it stands I kept looking for the last exit from Brooklyn.

June 4, 2002 Full Review Source:

It hasn't got a clue where it's going, or which movie it wants to copy most.

May 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
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Audience Reviews for Deuces Wild

While this movie is completely ridiculous and corny, it's still fun to see Stephen Dorff being the bizarre person he is. There's actually some really good things about the movie, there's some very decent acting from Brad Renfro and Balthazar Getty, but the majority is just a rip-off of various other gangster movies. There's really nothing that hasn't been seen before and the characters aren't interesting enough to make it memorable. Visually it's pretty bland too.
June 8, 2010

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Not bad, too cliche at times and predictable resolution, but still not bad. I guess it helps that i'm a sucker for 50s retro stuff. Fairuza Balk also looks hot in some kind of weird way.
October 15, 2009
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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An explosive gangland drama, the best film of it's kind since The Outsiders. An electrifying film that explodes with action and a powerful cast of superb talents and gifted new comers. It has style and groove thats all it's own
October 5, 2008

Super Reviewer

fun outsiders type of flick
January 24, 2007
danny d

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