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Head On Reviews

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April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Strains so desperately for a tragic kitchen-sink realism that in several crucial scenes the movie loses its grip and escalates into strident melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 1, 2010
Director Ana Kokkinos has an eye for local color but spends little time developing the supporting characters.
January 1, 2000
It seems to parade its anger instead of explaining it or putting it in a dramatic context. It's a rant, not a drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The film's close is grim and ambivalent, a choice that would be commendable if the movie had not so stubbornly held the same dour tone for two hours already, and if Ari weren't as boring as he is bored.
January 1, 2000
Ari comes off as little more than a self-centered, bigoted layabout, contemptuous of anyone who works for a living and a trial to his family.
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March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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January 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Although Head On has a certain rude power, it's definitely not a date flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 13, 1999
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2005
In a way, the film is a kissing cousin to the 1960s kitchen sink dramas of the British cinema and the working-class angst of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
January 1, 2000
Head On crashes rights into your gay expectations and drags them down into the gutter. Powerful forces are at work here. You won't go home laughing. No way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Its missteps and excesses aside, Head On is a promising feature film debut for Kokkinos.
January 1, 2000
Kinetic, at times shocking, and -- as the title suggests -- constantly in your face, this is a film that may be narrow in scope but is awfully big in heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
One of this year's most sensual tragic spectacles -- a tour-de-force on a thousand different levels, with no easy happy endings in sight.
January 1, 2000
There are some powerful moments in this rambling day-in-the-life odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Kokkinos ... goes at it all with a relentless, take-no-prisoners panache and pace; this film moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Its frank portrayal of gay life is a refreshing foil to the watered-down examples of queer cinema we've seen of late.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 7, 2001
Anyone of any generation who has ever felt at odds with his or her environment can identify with the characters in Head On.
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