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Pariah Reviews

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James Berardinelli
January 2, 2012
The movie's point, which is impossible to miss, is that it's hard being black & gay in America and, while there's undoubtedly truth in that sentiment, it doesn't necessarily make for a compelling motion picture circa 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 26, 2011
It's impossible not to root for Lee to assert her identity and to fulfill her dreams, but neither she nor the rest of the characters have any existence outside the script's exhortations.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 25, 2012
Like Albert Nobbs, Pariah deals with issues of identity and sexuality, though in a vastly different way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Such a shame the rest of the picture hews so closely to the stereotypical indie playbook.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
January 5, 2012
Every dramatic beat feels preordained, and it's simply because Rees ... is more concerned with situations than characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
December 20, 2011
As clunky subplots and soap operatics start to nudge their way into the mix, the filmmaker seems unable to maintain that early tone and focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 22, 2012
Rees brings a heartfelt connection to the material, based on her own coming-out story, but the film's ingredients aren't the freshest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Pariah tells an involving story that's both deftly relatable and urgently progressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Grae Drake
December 21, 2011
Director and writer Dee Rees, along with a phenomenal performance by Adepero Oduye, gives plenty of points of access for audiences to identify with Alike, and the result is rewarding, rich and universally important.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elise Nakhnikian
House Next Door
March 25, 2011
This is the kind of movie that lives or dies in the details, and Pariah gets nearly all of them right.
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
March 25, 2011
Ultimately, Pariah chronicles pain and beauty in the birth of an artist. The film's only real pariahs are those who reject her.
January 9, 2012
The intensity of these performances, and their gorgeous rendering on film by cinematographer Bradford Young, carry a film that could easily have sunk into Sundance-indie inspirational cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 18, 2012
It is a striking debut: visually rich, emotionally complex and graced by strong performances from top to bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2012
The film is an impressive debut for writer-director Dee Rees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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January 4, 2012
Pariah is a tender, sporadically goofy, yet candid examination of emergent identity.
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Alonso Duralde
December 27, 2011
A moving story that's told with intelligence, heart and a working knowledge of the real world we live in.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 5, 2012
Rees packs a lot into a simple narrative, and only rarely overpacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 5, 2012
The originality lies in the details, and the dramatic energy that sustains almost every scene.
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Andrew Barker
January 21, 2011
Vivid photography, true-to-life moments and a wonderful lead performance compensate for some first-timer missteps in debutante writer-director Dee Rees' Pariah.
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