Never Die Alone (2004)



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

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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
Rating: R (for strong violence, drug use, sexuality and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson
Written By: James Gibson
In Theaters: wide
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as King David
as Jasper
Xavier Simmons
as Young Mike
Art Evans
as Mr. Waters
Robby Robinson
as Man in Apartment
Jeff Sanders
as Sentry Guard No. 1
Eric Payne
as Orderly
L.K. 'Peak' Winbush
as Airport Security
D-Taylor Murphy
as Parking Attendant
Mark Kubr
as Pretty Boy Actor
Larry McCoy
as Henchman
Michele Shay
as Jaunita's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Never Die Alone

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (32)

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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | June 14, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Thumbs down for me.

Full Review… | March 29, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
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March 27, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A bumbling adaptation.

March 26, 2004
Washington Post
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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.

March 26, 2004
Washington Post
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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

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

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

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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