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Never Die Alone Reviews

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Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 3, 2004
[A] gritty film noir [about] a sleazy drug pusher looking for redemption, but who - in classic noir fashion - learns that there is no escaping paying for one's past sins.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 30, 2004
This 'gangsta noir' is a worthy heir to both 'blaxploitation' and to the Warner Bros. gangster classics that linked economic hardship and the allure of crime...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 28, 2004
...the story is certainly a throwback to the films of the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 26, 2004
The various stories are strong enough to compensate for any acting deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26, 2004
DMX has all the charisma you'd expect of a music star, and he uses it to portray King David as larger than life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2004
Never Die Alone is [Dickerson's] best work to date, with the complexity of serious fiction and the nerve to start dark and stay dark, to follow the logic of its story right down to its inevitable end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 26, 2004
DMX unleashes the focused, angry dominator routine that has always served as the selling point for his music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
March 26, 2004
King's funeral opens Never Die Alone, but his throbbing self-consciousness drives it.
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
March 26, 2004
Ernest Dickerson's Goth-like vision of this troubling tale about the dark side of human nature encapsulates the film noir genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Hollywood.com
March 26, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 26, 2004
Moral scolds will undoubtedly decry this as just another violent rap movie, but much like that Jesus flick they're all digging, this... shows the harsh consequences of sin
James Rocchi
Netflix
March 25, 2004
Moody gangster-morality tale has an old-fashioned, mean-streets swagger and a charismatic lead in rapper DMX.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
March 25, 2004
Sure, the bends in logic are nutty, and some of the dialogue is so outrageously street that it's laughable, but the larger-than-life star works it with everything he's got. It's a decent deal.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 25, 2004
An incredibly violent and technically shoddy but undeniably absorbing black gangster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 25, 2004
DMX is the perfect actor for this stylized and often satisfying film adaptation of Donald Goines's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 25, 2004
You'll need all the body armor you can muster for Ernest Dickerson's bruising film noir, which works up more momentum and urgency in any one of its 82 minutes than most crime dramas do in their entirety.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 25, 2004
An electrifying modern-dress noir.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2004
Working from a 1974 novel by Donald Goines, the director, Ernest Dickerson, proves he's the rare filmmaker who can show the attraction -- and degradation -- of the criminal life without exploiting it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 23, 2004
What starts as a routine pimp film segues into an exercise in intrigue, thanks to some snappy editing and savvy performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
March 23, 2004
There's something refreshing about a pulp drama that turns on the notion that redemption is a sucker's fantasy.
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