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Fierce People Reviews

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April 19, 2008
divine performances from Lane and Sutherland
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
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
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.
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-
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
October 10, 2007
Miscalculated at every level, it's a vacant drama full of ineptly drawn characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
September 21, 2007
Rarely has self-pity become so monotonous so quickly.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 21, 2007
A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 21, 2007
Desperate, manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
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-
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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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