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The Exiles Reviews

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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
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
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
March 16, 2015
The question of who is looking and to what end is barely posed, let alone answered.
July 25, 2008
It is like cracking open a time capsule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
May 6, 2010
A sorrowful and beautiful film, the kind you never see from mainstream Tinseltown studios, then or now.
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
July 6, 2010
There is poetry in this atmosphere as well, suggested not least by the candid, often heartbreaking voiceovers of the main characters.
July 17, 2008
...one of the great under-seen cinema gems of the 1960s.
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
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.
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
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.
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
September 23, 2009
It's an essential film that hardly anyone saw upon its release in 1961.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
July 7, 2008
Despite its compact time frame the film conjures a powerful sensation of purgatory: a night like many others.
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
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