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A refreshingly optimistic look at urban community life, The Outside Story is further distinguished by a layered leading performance from Brian Tyree Henry. Read critic reviews

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Brian Tyree Henry takes on his first big screen lead role as Charles Young, a broken-hearted video editor. Perceiving a betrayal of trust as a sign his girlfriend Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green) is leaving him, Charles preemptively blows up his relationship and sequesters himself at home. The fates do not comply and Charles locks himself out of his apartment. Stumbling into a transformational, timely odyssey exploring his community, Charles meets a dynamic ensemble of previously avoided neighbors (including Sunita Mani, Olivia Edward and Asia Kate Dillon) who show him everyone's got issues and it never helps to keep them all locked up.

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  • It may not be exactly the experience we're going through right now, but Nozkowski's gentle charmer does serve as a reminder of the joys of going out and meeting people again.

    May 12, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The Outside Story will leave you smiling and ready to connect with your loved ones once again.

    May 6, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Increasingly, some of my favorite films can be described as "Nothing happens. And everything happens." That's this film, and it is a joy to watch.

    May 4, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • An absolute showcase for Brian Tyree Henry's immense romantic range.

    May 1, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It plays as an agreeably extended sitcom pilot, with a slender premise... that never leans into its most farcical possibilities, nor its most politically heated ones. For Henry, though, you'd tune in again.

    April 30, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The Outside Story is barely 85 minutes long, but Henry's performance is rich enough to make this small film feel rather epic.

    April 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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