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The Exiles Reviews

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June 20, 2016
The exiles of the title mean the Indians-exiled from their land and with no connection to the white-run city around them. The title also means us: anyone who has ever been trapped in a late-night city, caught by the neon's glare like a moth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 16, 2015
The question of who is looking and to what end is barely posed, let alone answered.
November 4, 2013
It's as if someone had done a ghost dance and it worked, just a little -- enough to turn your sigh into a gasp of amazement.
November 17, 2011
Kent MacKenzie's forgotten indie basks in the retroactive glow of never having had a theatrical release -- as if that somehow makes it a work of misunderstood genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2011
A fascinating hybrid of art and life, The Exiles may not hew entirely faithfully to literal truth but nonetheless conveys a form of artistic honesty that is inescapable. It's a mesmerizing marriage of poetry and prose.
September 7, 2011
A ghostly and startling tale of Native Americans in Los Angeles -- a fusion of documentary and fiction -- in the late '50s. Never previously released, it's a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 6, 2010
There is poetry in this atmosphere as well, suggested not least by the candid, often heartbreaking voiceovers of the main characters.
May 6, 2010
A sorrowful and beautiful film, the kind you never see from mainstream Tinseltown studios, then or now.
November 18, 2009
Kent Mackenzie's 1961 movie 'The Exiles' was so revolutionary that even now it seems gutsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 23, 2009
It's an essential film that hardly anyone saw upon its release in 1961.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 7, 2008
For its beautiful black-and-white aesthetics, docudrama realism, and, sadly, still fresh portrait of off-reservation Native Americans, an excellent rediscovery
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 5, 2008
The amateur actors, many of whom in reality met sad ends on those same streets, are utterly convincing. You have the sense again and again that you've unearthed a time capsule -- a sensation that cinema alone of all the arts can impart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 20, 2008
The Exiles ... presents one boozy night in the lives of Homer, Cliff, Tommy and Yvonne, from a convertible joy ride through the Third Street Tunnel, to an early-morning powwow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2008
Mackenzie imposes no obvious attitude or mediating outsider's perspective on the material; he just presents it to us, a snapshot of an otherwise unknown culture, with details specific to its time and place.
October 18, 2008
Kent Mackenzie's magnificent, long-undistributed, unclassifiable first feature, The Exiles, stands as a rare consideration of the inner and outer lives of American Indians in a big American city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2008
Just because a movie was lost and found doesn't mean it's worth your $8.75.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2008
Rife with astonishing black-and-white images of an unknown L.A. and clashing sounds of bars, cinemas and poker games, The Exiles is one of those movies that functions as both artifact and fresh discovery.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2008
Its moving portraiture is refreshingly free of cliches and moralizing platitudes, and the high-contrast black-and-white photography and dense, highly creative sound track are equally impressive.
September 18, 2008
The Exiles is a vivid portrait of Native American culture. Even more astonishing is the fact the movie is more than 40 years old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2008
A cinéma vérité look at the rootless Native American community that once upon a time lived in Bunker Hill and hung out in downtown bars such as Club Ritz, this Kent Mackenzie film is a brooding picture of a darkly beautiful, long-gone Los Angeles.
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