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Pariah Reviews

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September 15, 2012
Pariah tells an involving story that's both deftly relatable and urgently progressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
June 25, 2012
The uniformly excellent work that Rees coaxes from her entire ensemble elevates her film above the more formulaic coming-of-age beats of her screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2012
Displaying an amazing amount of confidence and vulnerability at the same time, Oduye carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2012
...evades the formula for coming-of-age films as it announces the arrival of a fascinating new star in the remarkable Adepero Oduye.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
April 13, 2012
That's what I loved about "Pariah," that it sets up a very familiar narrative and then makes it painfully real and surprising. T
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 9, 2012
A smart, compelling -- and optimistic -- portrait of heartbreak and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2012
Wayans, best known for acting in comedies with her siblings, is a revelation as a woman whose faith offers both hope and blind judgment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2012
Smart, heartfelt, savvy, beautifully acted -- and clever enough at 86 minutes not to overstay its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 1, 2012
"Pariah" has a vibrant and funky street-wise lyricism, and Rees captures the conflicting emotions of the title character with a fierce intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2012
The gay coming-of-age story's been done, but "Pariah" has something fresh to say, largely about the knotty complexities of love, and how they might keep someone in the closet: How badly do you need to be free, to hurt the people you love?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 17, 2012
The bright, bold and unusual colors heighten the emotional impact of Rees' story without interfering with the realism...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2012
This is a movie that will doubtless speak to those who have endured similar hardships in their youth, and Rees' message seems to be that, as Dan Savage would say, it gets better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2012
This fresh new angle on teen sexuality goes well beyond the usual film treatment of this material, creating memorable characters and real drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 1, 2012
[Filmmaker Dee] Rees's eye for how [teen lesbian] Alike maneuvers between her notion of who she is and whom everyone else wants and expects her to be is intense and poignant...
January 26, 2012
Young, gifted, and a gay
January 25, 2012
On a second viewing, I couldn't escape one thought: There's nothing simple about teens coming out to their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2012
Sets new standards for gay-lesbian coming-out play-acting with these "everyday people" rebel girls.
January 20, 2012
One of the most remarkable facts about Pariah is how it manages almost completely to avoid stereotypes: Every important character is complex and humanized...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 20, 2012
You don't have to be black or lesbian or even know someone who's gay to appreciate "Pariah"; you just have to have gone through or be going through the process of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 20, 2012
"Pariah" is a small film about a big subject: the struggle to be who you are, not who others would like you to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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