Skin Reviews

August 3, 2020
It has a powerful start, but in the second half it loses strength with his text on tolerance, inclusivity and redemption. [Full review in Spanish]
March 14, 2020
All its good intentions fail to go further and the film does not go beyond correction (neither visual nor plot), only remaining halfway in what it states. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 3, 2020
Mr. Bell disappears into the role, masterfully drawing viewers into a film replete with made-for-TV heavy-handedness.
February 6, 2020
Every film has to get by on its own merits, but this one may find ways to justify itself are increasingly hard to come by the more it is examined.
October 1, 2019
With a supporting cast that includes Bill Camp and Vera Farmiga, it's clearly well intentioned but never quite delivers.
September 28, 2019
The actor does his best with a threadbare character.
August 1, 2019
Perhaps this is the most we can expect for now -- films about racism that tell us, over and over again, how very bad it is. We still wait for the film that cuts deeper.
July 31, 2019
The result is a listless film, one that manages a few gripping moments thanks to its cast but can't string them together into something meaningful.
July 30, 2019
A gripping interpersonal drama that nevertheless only scratches the surface of its weighty social themes.
July 30, 2019
The screenplay emphasizes-beatdown by beatdown-Widner's attempts to flee from the white separatists and the ways in which they retaliate. An inevitable showdown awaits him, but not an insightful psychological breakthrough.
July 26, 2019
"Skin" is a superficial and disappointing look at a person, a topic, and an organization that deserve a better, more nuanced portrayal than what Nattiv delivers. This is why "Skin" is so enraging. It can only be hate-watched.
July 26, 2019
Never feels like anything more than a missed opportunity to say something new and provocative about an age-old subject.
July 26, 2019
The failure of the film to fully grapple with how Babs's anger pulses through the lives of the women in his orbit undercuts the tremendous work that Bell accomplishes onscreen.
July 26, 2019
The core of what this story represents ... remains mostly unexplored.
July 26, 2019
The short was crassly played vengeance, and regrettably the feature - though boasting a stellar cast - similarly stumbles in its favoring of shallow intensity over psychological depth or coherence.
July 25, 2019
"Skin" is a movie with a tremendous lead performance from Jamie Bell, though not quite enough else to warrant a recommendation.
July 24, 2019
But the question of how millions of people manage to live through abusive childhoods, abusive relationships, and other traumas without picking up Tiki torches and chanting "Blood and soil!" is one that Skin never ponders.
July 4, 2019
It's hard to see who the target audience would be. The message is too simplistic, too skin-deep to convince anyone with deep-rooted hatred and the point it makes about redemption doesn't even need to be made to anyone else.
June 25, 2019
The meta-textual questions of timing are inescapable - Why this story? Why now? - though even taken at its word, as a straightforward tale of reform, Skin offers little by way of insight into reformation, let alone modern racism.