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The Exiles Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 31, 2008
The movie has an undeniable emotional punch and its historical place in cinema is undisputable (there's still nothing else quite like it).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2008
It is like cracking open a time capsule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
July 21, 2008
Best if approached as a nostalgic curiosity shot a half century ago rather than as a conventional flick offering a satisfying cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
July 17, 2008 of the great under-seen cinema gems of the 1960s.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 14, 2008
You can only brood on the near half-century since The Exiles was shot -- and be grateful that someone went to that place and captured it all.
Cole Smithey
July 12, 2008
Director Brent MacKenzie's black-and-white documentary/narrative genre blender about urbanized Native Americans in 1961 Los Angeles is a cold glass of cinematic water drawn from the same well as Joseph Strick's "The Savage Eye" (1960).
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2008
While the mood is spot-on, the dubbed dialogue is so persistently lousy that it besmirches the proceedings' otherwise-entrancing beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
July 11, 2008
In the secret, unwritten history of alternative American culture [Mackenzie] stands as a hero, alongside the Indians of Bunker Hill and the generations before them.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 11, 2008
It took nearly 50 years, but an important piece of film history is finally getting its due.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 11, 2008
A semidocumentary account of native Americans living in Los Angeles's downtown Bunker Hill, its evocations of loneliness and despair and renewal are among the most eloquent in American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
July 11, 2008
Though it arrives nearly three decades too late for Mackenzie to enjoy its resurrection, it comes none too soon to enthrall serious cinephiles seeking respite from the assaultive bombast of studio summer blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 10, 2008
Compared to the slick approach that Hollywood took even to the 'social problem' films of the era, The Exiles is bracing and raw, more akin to the French New Wave and British kitchen-sink dramas.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
July 10, 2008
This 50-year-old film about a Los Angeles neighborhood on the skids and its barely tethered dwellers stands as the freshest movie in theaters.
Armond White
New York Press
July 9, 2008
Mackenzie's sparkling, moody black-and-white images of what might be called the Native American Diaspora, depict a classic American story of aspiration and tragedy. It is beautiful and devastating.
Prairie Miller
July 8, 2008
Kent MacKenzie's 1961 groundbreaking classic about Native American urban alienation, unfolds like an Edwin Hopper painting in motion as intimate noirish voiceover soliloquies of these three troubled protagonists.
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Dennis Lim
New York Times
July 7, 2008
Despite its compact time frame the film conjures a powerful sensation of purgatory: a night like many others.
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