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Never Die Alone Reviews

March 29, 2004
Thumbs down for me.
March 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: D
March 26, 2004
A bumbling adaptation.
March 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.
March 26, 2004
The various stories are strong enough to compensate for any acting deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2004
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
March 26, 2004
Has a story so silly, so pretentious, that only a narcissistic rapper with a hardcore thug pose would have the chutzpah to star in and narrate such garbage.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 26, 2004
A violent, would-be film noir that strains with limited success for tragic resonance and gritty authenticity.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 26, 2004
Never Die Alone is the first of Goines' ultragritty novels has made it to the big screen. If this is the best his words can inspire, it should also be the last.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
March 26, 2004
Never Die Alone is urban exploitation so badly written it sacrifices any claim to authenticity, with performances so uniformly awful it could be a meeting of Bad Actors Anonymous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 26, 2004
It's hard to imagine a more disturbingly woman-hating movie than Never Die Alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
March 26, 2004
A flashy but ultimately routine saga of gangsta criminality and payback.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 26, 2004
The only good thing about Never Die Alone is its rap-retro soundtrack.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 25, 2004
DMX isn't up to the acting needed to play an epic anti-hero, but then director/ex-cinematographer Ernest Dickerson never makes Never very epic on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2004
Never Die Alone is soft and squishy, lacking tension and suspense, not to mention logic.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 25, 2004
If you cut the expletives from Never Die Alone, it's unlikely that this updated blaxploitation flick would run more than 15 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 25, 2004
A nasty piece of work that doesn't seem to have met a cliche it didn't like.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
March 25, 2004
A hackneyed tale of vengeance set in the 'hood, teeming with stock characters, slo-mo gunplay, and rampant misogyny.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2004
Arquette does what he can with his pitiful character. But the longer Paul drifts, the longer we find it hard to believe that he's still alive. In fact, we're kind of sorry he's still alive. The movie would be much better without him.
March 25, 2004
An electrifying modern-dress noir.
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-
March 25, 2004
Purports to be literate film noir but comes off more like the overwritten project of a film school kid who just memorized his textbook on the style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2004
There's something refreshing about a pulp drama that turns on the notion that redemption is a sucker's fantasy.
February 20, 2004
Routinely but unconvincingly directed by Dickerson, the movie possesses not a single character with the brains to get through a day without creating a huge mess.
January 29, 2004
This gritty genre piece about four men whose paths intertwine largely overcomes key cast weaknesses to deliver a jazzy, darkly textured rendering of the ghetto pulp of late African-American ex-con author Donald Goines.