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Fierce People Reviews

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Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 4, 2007
Quickly gets bogged down in Anton Yelchin's tendency to be whiny and annoying in his attempts to be clever or cute.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 10, 2007
A movie that practically begs you to hate it. Wish granted.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 14, 2007
Fierce People, for all its ambitions, is ultimately a little too discombobulated to be truly fierce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 3, 2007
Structured around the type of analogy that makes one pine for total sensory failure, a desire amplified by the filmmakers' clear self-satisfaction with what they believe to be a clever narrative conceit.
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
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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 6, 2007
Fierce People is based on a forced premise: the idea that a family of super-rich New Jersey eccentrics is like a tribe to be studied anthropologically. None of the characters resembles any creature you'd discover in nature, however.
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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Tom Beer
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 3, 2005
throwing the film heedlessly into what was essentially a light social satire seems to border on the irresponsible
| Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
ReelzChannel.com
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
May 22, 2006
Dunne weighs down a light social satire with a ponderous anthropological analogy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 6, 2007
A textbook example of the hazards of hiring a writer to adapt his own novel.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 7, 2007
When F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked that the rich "are different from you and me," he might have been thinking of someone like the moody billionaire from Fierce People.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 7, 2007
The last act promises some very dark and primitive acts -- not that you should care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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
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
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 7, 2007
The analogies drawn between the Ishkanani and the Osborne social circle come off as insufferably precious, rather than thoughtful.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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