Prince Reviews

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February 23, 2017
A confined film that combines sociological cut, family chronicle, urban thriller, romantic drama, fairy tale and the fable. [Full review in Spanish]
June 16, 2016
An interesting mix of humor, drama and romance. [Full review in Spanish]
June 10, 2016
A light film, fun and sweet about appearances and teenage love. [Full review in Spanish]
February 24, 2016
A Eurotrash hood movie, ineffectively placing a post-80s costume design and pastel color palette inside script elements as old as Mean Streets or something like Juice.
February 22, 2016
Elasri's engaging performance and de Jong's vibrant directorial style connect well to create an energetic and genuinely unusual little film.
August 19, 2015
Like so many coming-of-age debuts before it, Prince isn't world-changing, but like the best of them, there's enough youthful electricity to De Jong's work to make you want to see what he does next.
August 19, 2015
It wants to be cute, it wants to cool, and it also wants to be thoughtful and engaging, but Sam de Jong is unable to make the story feel tight and focused enough to allow it to succeed on all those levels.
August 17, 2015
A slender, morally simplified fable that makes up for its tonal and narrative imprecisions with considerable visual energy, musical pizzazz, and a panoply of colorful characters ...
August 15, 2015
Prince may be a little heavy on the style, but it is a contemporary style that lights up the story with energy.
August 14, 2015
While "Prince" feels a little slight when the credits roll less than 80 minutes after it begins, it's still a strong, creative addition to the crowded coming-of-age genre.
August 13, 2015
Prince could use another 15 minutes to flesh out its narrative and its relationships -- what movie couldn't? -- but it uses its time wisely and with an enormous efficacy only matched in size by the film's heart.
August 13, 2015
Although the disaffected youth drama knows no international boundaries, few have felt as fresh and consistently unpredictable as the slyly satirical "Prince" by Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong.
August 13, 2015
Instead of shades of ambiguity or a structure that quivers upon impact, Sam de Jong, the writer and director of "Prince," depicts a universe in absolute terms. Ayoub's arc from good boy to bad prince is too rapid and uncomplicated.
August 13, 2015
De Jong indulges in some shocking, violent imagery in these passages, and this detracts from the film's effective social portrait; so too does the aggressively loud synth-pop soundtrack.
August 13, 2015
At its narrative apex, Prince veers toward expected tragedy and then unexpectedly crumbles, both stylistically and thematically.
August 12, 2015
The dialogue is stylized, part hip-hop, part American Western, and many compositions are studies in landscapes that are cool and resistant to the figures within.
August 12, 2015
With pieces of its plot not deepened or stretched out far enough and tidily assuming their predictable spots in the finale, Prince oftentimes proceeds like a parade of tropes.
August 12, 2015
Expertly paced and gorgeous to behold, Sam de Jong's Dutch-language directorial debut sets a stylish coming-of-age story in a bleak Amsterdam housing project.
August 10, 2015
Its stylistic brio makes Prince enough of a live wire to bode well for de Jong's future.
August 10, 2015
This uneven but sweet bildungsroman is distinguished by its light tone and idiosyncratic handle on genre conventions.
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