Fresh - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fresh Reviews

Page 1 of 2
April 21, 2015
A gripping story of survival on the streets and survival of the soul.
April 21, 2015
It's rigorous and quite depressing fare.
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
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
April 21, 2015
The absence of moralising and macho posturing gives authenticity and poignancy to the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
April 21, 2015
[Fresh is] made with a subtle precision that suggests a Vermeer landscape of the ninth circle of hell.
April 21, 2015
A hugely underrated crime drama, Fresh is worth discovering both for its air of authenticity and Sean Nelson's remarkable performance.
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.
April 21, 2015
Fresh appeals to the head as well as the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
September 7, 2011
You may not believe a minute of it, though you won't forget Nelson's face.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
May 7, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
January 26, 2006
A stylish, affecting, ingeniously plotted first feature.
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
July 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Page 1 of 2