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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 21, 2015
The movie's two instincts are at complete odds with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2015
Glibly shocking, it would like you to think it deals with the hard realities of urban life, but in fact it uses its patina of social consciousness as a come-on for the most conventional kind of violent commercial filmmaking.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
April 21, 2015
A gripping story of survival on the streets and survival of the soul.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 21, 2015
It's rigorous and quite depressing fare.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 21, 2015
The strength of the piece is that it realises which aspects of its genre have been seen too many times, always coming back to Nelson's blank but expressive stare as he watches terrible things the director doesn't need to shove in our faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 21, 2015
Sean Nelson is a quiet revelation as the title character, a child who actively participates in what he regards as the only game in town, yet consistently demonstrates more caution and smarts than his friends or relatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
April 21, 2015
The absence of moralising and macho posturing gives authenticity and poignancy to the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2015
The script by writer-director Boaz Yakin is fresh itself, marrying the physical violence of Fresh's world with the intellectual violence of competitive chess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 21, 2015
[Fresh is] made with a subtle precision that suggests a Vermeer landscape of the ninth circle of hell.
Richard Luck
Film4
April 21, 2015
A hugely underrated crime drama, Fresh is worth discovering both for its air of authenticity and Sean Nelson's remarkable performance.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2015
This is kept alive largely through its first-rate performances, beginning with Sean Nelson's as the boy; Giancarlo Esposito is also a standout.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2015
Fresh appeals to the head as well as the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2015
Sean Nelson, who turned 13 just before the film was shot, gives a fine, self-assured performance in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 21, 2015
An unpredictable and harrowing story that works on the surface as an unconventional thriller (an intricate plot) and underneath as a powerful story of love, sacrifice, willpower and the dehumanizing cost of violence and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
You may not believe a minute of it, though you won't forget Nelson's face.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 6, 2010
Yakin has put some powerful drama up on the screen, and he has been assisted by no one more significantly than young Nelson, who plays Fresh.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2006
Though its morality may be controversial, the film, an impressive debut from Boaz Yakin, deserves credit for introducing a new type of protagonist, a ghetto teenager willing to do everything and anything to escape his lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A stylish, affecting, ingeniously plotted first feature.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 3, 2005
Unlike John Singleton's by-the-numbers Boyz n the Hood, Boaz Yakin's Fresh doesn't rely on skeletal portrayals of life in the ghetto, or moralistic messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Both painful and exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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