Skin Reviews

September 29, 2019
Bell is magnetic in the role, and there's real chemistry between him and Macdonald, but the film's formal glossiness and frequent overhead shots create distance between the viewer and the hate crimes on display.
September 28, 2019
This film's saved by the Bell. But only just.
September 28, 2019
The actor does his best with a threadbare character.
September 27, 2019
Jamie Bell's tough performance carries this forthright, earnest, if limited drama...
September 25, 2019
Skin is not a "nice" film to watch. But we watch it. And we keep watching it, in our heads, for a fair while after it ends.
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
Skin is the amazing story of a man who went to extreme measures to change, on the outside and within his heart.
July 26, 2019
Bell gets the opportunity to show huge emotional and physical range here, and even when the script turns a bit melodramatic toward the end, he provides a secure through-line.
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.
Top Critic
July 26, 2019
If you have a strong stomach it is well worth seeing for the lessons it teaches about the value of survival in the pursuit of redemption.
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
Jamie Bell's awards-buzzed tour de force in this fact-based drama about a neo-Nazi overcoming his toxic upbringing makes this a movie you can't get out of your head.
July 25, 2019
You'd never expect a xenophobic, hate-filled skinhead to have the sweet face and demeanor of the actor Jamie Bell, which is what makes Bell's performance in Guy Nattiv's Skin so effective...
July 25, 2019
Bell transforms convincingly from slogan-spewing skinhead to decent human being.
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.
September 14, 2018
Skin leaves a lasting impression as it peels off a shameful past.
September 12, 2018
The performances across the board are outstanding, with Bell first among equals...
September 9, 2018
It's a narrow treatment of a now pressingly relevant subject, but one that still rewards as a powerful, well-acted tale of personal redemption.