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Fierce People Reviews

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Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 19, 2008
divine performances from Lane and Sutherland
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 22, 2008
...the movie's abrupt (and downright graceless) transformation from jaunty comedy to heavy-handed drama strips the proceedings of any momentum it may have had...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
January 30, 2008
With a screechingly affected voice (think Nicholson mixed with a sick Chihuahua), Yelchin is all tiring, syllable-pulling raw nerve here; a blinding pitch that holds the film back from needed dramatic expression.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
Director Griffin Dunne, working from Dirk Wittenborn's adaptation of his own novel, pounds away at the analogy between the inherent cruelty of the tribal rituals of the Iskanani and those of the well-heeled.
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Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 24, 2007
On balance, it's a movie worth seeing with its artistic inserts, appropriate soundtrack and organic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Smart-but-grim coming-of-age tale best for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2007
Watching the idle rich toy with people can only go so far, then you want more depth and this doesn't have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 10, 2007
Miscalculated at every level, it's a vacant drama full of ineptly drawn characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2007
There are lots of potent things floating around in it -- sexual initiation, drugs, fantasy-land wealth, brute violence, primitive rituals, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland -- but the mix just sits there without producing any notable reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 21, 2007
Rarely has self-pity become so monotonous so quickly.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2007
A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
After a promising start, Griffin Dunne's film bogs down and simply turns into a predictable mish-mash of a movie that is shrill and heavy-handed and totally trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
September 21, 2007
Desperate, manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 21, 2007
The film is way too banal to raise any questions of its own. [Director] Dunne, for his part, doesn't conjure up any kind of inspired visual atmosphere or compelling psychological tension. Nothing is as funny, touching, true, or sad as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 20, 2007
Dunne's messy, unpredictable, yet weirdly vital movie veers from one extreme to another without finding a consistent tone, but Sutherland never strikes a wrong note.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 20, 2007
Fierce People is no ordinary dud. This seedy soap opera is the most outlandish, campy romp through the mud since Showgirls.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 20, 2007
The laughs suddenly cease after a brutal rape sequence, and Dunne desperately and vainly tries to re-work the remainder of the movie as a metaphysical coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2007
The idea that rich people are an alien tribe is just one of many that get lost in Wittenborn's distracted script.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 20, 2007
Overplotting and a particularly ugly turn make this adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn's novel less a meditation on how the rich are different than a bland coming-of-age procedural.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
September 19, 2007
There is little in life sadder to see than a film that thinks it has a great deal to say of a revelatory or profound nature, but doesn't
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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