Standing by Yourself

2002, Documentary, 57m

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An intimate portrait of alienated youth living in Clinton, a small-town suburb of New York, this documentary follows a group of friends as they deal with the tedium of everyday life through anti-social behavior, including drug abuse and crime. Two of the subjects -- the filmmaker Josh Koury's younger brother, Adam, and Adam's best friend, Josh -- are shown to have an especially tight bond, until the latter pushes things too far. This serves as the catalyst for the pair slowly growing apart.

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Critic Reviews for Standing by Yourself

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (2)

  • The longer one watches this determinedly ragged portrait of blue-collar teenage desperation ... the more one gets absorbed in the utter unbridled nihilism of its 'characters.'

    May 15, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Sad to say -- it accurately reflects the rage and alienation that fuels the self-destructiveness of many young people.

    May 15, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • Highly irritating at first, Mr. Koury's passive technique eventually begins to yield some interesting results.

    May 15, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Koury frighteningly and honestly exposes one teenager's uncomfortable class resentment and, in turn, his self-inflicted retaliation.

    April 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Chilling in its objective portrait of dreary, lost twenty-first century America.

    June 22, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Shattering, devastating documentary on two maladjusted teens in a downward narcotized spiral. Extraordinary debut from Josh Koury.

    December 8, 2002 | Rating: 5/5
  • The longer one watches this determinedly ragged portrait of blue-collar teenage desperation ... the more one gets absorbed in the utter unbridled nihilism of its 'characters.'

    May 15, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Sad to say -- it accurately reflects the rage and alienation that fuels the self-destructiveness of many young people.

    May 15, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • Highly irritating at first, Mr. Koury's passive technique eventually begins to yield some interesting results.

    May 15, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Koury frighteningly and honestly exposes one teenager's uncomfortable class resentment and, in turn, his self-inflicted retaliation.

    April 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Chilling in its objective portrait of dreary, lost twenty-first century America.

    June 22, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Shattering, devastating documentary on two maladjusted teens in a downward narcotized spiral. Extraordinary debut from Josh Koury.

    December 8, 2002 | Rating: 5/5

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