Prince Reviews

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 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
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
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.
August 8, 2015
It revives hope for a pop-art cinema that's capable of treating characters like actual human beings rather than pawns on a chess board.