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Deuces Wild Reviews

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2014
Maybe if the movie had left all the expensive period artifacts, and most of the hackneyed script, on the street corner and let its capable young cast loose, Deuces Wild would have offered the audience a more interesting game.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 3, 2013
A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 3, 2013
Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
June 3, 2013
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.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2007
Slow-motion shots of swaggering tough guys punctuate this painfully hackneyed gang drama set in late-50s Brooklyn.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 7, 2007
The script from first-timers Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale requires Dillon to say corny things like: 'Bricks don't fall outta the sky in this neighborhood unless I'm throwin' 'em.' Tony Soprano, he ain't.
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2002
Astonishing isn't the word -- neither is incompetent, incoherent or just plain crap. Indeed, none of these words really gets at the very special type of badness that is Deuces Wild.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
Propelled not by characters but by caricatures.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 3, 2002
No telegraphing is too obvious or simplistic for this movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 3, 2002
If there's a heaven for bad movies, Deuces Wild is on its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 3, 2002
It's the sort of thing Roger Corman would have cranked out in the 1960s to fill out the bottom half of a drive-in double bill, except Corman would have never taken himself this seriously.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 3, 2002
Deuces Wild is a beautifully textured movie with its heart in the right place. Yet it badly wants a mature sense of esthetic balance, restraint and decorum.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe
May 3, 2002
It's tough to tell which is in more abundant supply in this woefully hackneyed movie, directed by Scott Kalvert, about street gangs and turf wars in 1958 Brooklyn -- stale cliches, gratuitous violence, or empty machismo.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 3, 2002
It's clear why Deuces Wild, which was shot two years ago, has been gathering dust on MGM's shelf.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2002
Brainless, but enjoyably over-the-top, the retro gang melodrama, Deuces Wild represents fifties teen-gang machismo in a way that borders on rough-trade homo-eroticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 2, 2002
This hackneyed throwback to greasers and rumbles steals everything and nothing from the classic gang films that came before it.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 2, 2002
This is a movie so insecure about its capacity to excite that it churns up not one but two flagrantly fake thunderstorms to underscore the action.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2002
Contrived, awkward and filled with unintended laughs, the film shows signs that someone other than the director got into the editing room and tried to improve things by making the movie go faster.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 2, 2002
Deuces Wild is an encyclopedia of cliches that shoplifts shamelessly from farewell-to-innocence movies like The Wanderers and A Bronx Tale without cribbing any of their intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 2, 2002
It's an encyclopedia of cliches, with each stale plot twist easily predicted and relentlessly foreshadowed.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 2, 2002
The exploitative, clumsily staged violence overshadows everything, including most of the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Steve Daly
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2002
A preposterously melodramatic paean to gang-member teens in Brooklyn circa 1958.
Full Review | Original Score: D+