Never Die Alone

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DMX's menacing charisma is put to good use in this stylish but hackneyed modern-day noir.



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Average Rating: 3.3/5

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From a script from first-time scribe James Gibson comes this filmed adaptation of ex-gangster Donald Goines' 1974 novel Never Die Alone. Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson (Juice, Bones), the film stars David Arquette as Paul Pawlowski, a reporter who takes an interest in gang kingpin King David, played by rapper/actor DMX. When King David is killed, Pawlowski happens upon the criminal's journal and envelops himself in his story. From there, the rise and fall of King David is covered in flashbacks as Pawlowski makes his way through the diary. Aisha Tyler and Jennifer Sky co-star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Never Die Alone

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Thumbs down for me.

Mar 29, 2004

A bumbling adaptation.

Mar 26, 2004

What makes Never Die Alone so monumentally terrible isn't just its bearhugging of gangsta flick convention, but its desperate attempt to imbue run-of-the-mill crime with noir classicism.

Mar 26, 2004

The various stories are strong enough to compensate for any acting deficiencies.

Mar 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If not for the excessive melodrama, lousy dialogue, clumsy acting and generally nasty vibe, "Never Die Alone" could have had the kind of distinctive edge that made urban street dramas like Juice, Menace II Society...

Mar 26, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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DMX has all the charisma you'd expect of a music star, and he uses it to portray King David as larger than life.

Mar 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Never Die Alone


A slow starting Urban Thriller that is worth bearing with to reveal the true plot behind the film. In honesty the film is just easy watching, but has been seen time and time again and offers nothing new to this style of film.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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Somehow this dark fiction, seems to work out very well.

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

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Disappointed with this one. Had a few moments where I thought okay this movie might have some promise. The only character you somewhat care for is the one played by Michael Ealy. He was the only one who seemed to have depth where the others appeared to be superficial and lost.

George Kiriyama
George Kiriyama

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Movies awesome. DMX's best film. It's kind of insane, and tragic, through out the entire movie - but the storyline and twist, and everything, is beyond good. It's sad but great, at the same time. It tells it like it is. Check it out

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

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