White Boy Rick Reviews

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March 4, 2020
Director Yann Demange ('71) seems uncertain whether to play the material as searing drama or black comedy, and so he gives up on establishing a recognizable tone altogether.
January 10, 2020
White Boy Rick is a sobering and well-made look into the 80s Detroit drug game.
October 29, 2019
White Boy Rick is a solid and moving character-driven drama, carried on the back of its strong cast. In today's times.
August 20, 2019
Director Yann Demange gets the most out of his cast in this down and dirty tale
July 8, 2019
White Boy Rick is a solid effort that introduces Merritt and reminds us why we love McConaughey and the fact that it is based on a true story makes it all the more interesting.
May 29, 2019
As a gangster flick, White Boy Rick doesn't hold a candle to the films it aspires to be... in some ways, that's OK. Solid performances carry us through a narrative that's just one needle in a massive haystack of lives lost to the criminal justice system.
April 22, 2019
[It] is a gripping film, sad and frightening, but a film well worth seeing.
March 1, 2019
White Boy Rick isn't any different from what you see about numerous men of color going to prison. Except the person going to prison and betrayed by forces meant to protect him is a white dude.
February 8, 2019
The nervous and tense staging in this film can't topple a story that doesn't decide if its a melodrama or a thriller. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 8, 2019
[Matthew McConaughey] is, in short, not only the film's motor but its moral justification, the fullest representation of a state of affairs and an era marked by social, political and economic decline. [Full review in Spanish]
February 8, 2019
The film barely has a climax and proceeds with a far inferior footing than the first act of the film. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 4, 2019
Director Yann Demange... cares more about styling [the film] than looking for roots of the problem so that the film has cinematographic, political and social interest. [Full review in Spanish]
February 4, 2019
Like the father he plays, [McConaughey's] performance is composed of warmth and disarming honesty. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 29, 2019
[White Boy Rick] is dull, and I'm fairly certain I spent the first third of the movie only understanding half of what everyone but McConaughey and the FBI agents was saying.
January 25, 2019
Demange, in White Boy Rick, gets carried away by the routine after a certain moment and abandons what seemed to be his identity, what could turn him into a true filmmaker. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 29, 2018
I can't think of a sleepier proposition than sitting through yet another movie about low-level criminals seeking to strike it rich against the backdrop of a battered big city, yet White Boy Rick mostly delivers on its true-life tale.
December 22, 2018
Lacking the emotional punch that would've made it great, the film nearly nosedives into a forgettably weak entry into the crowded crime drama genre.
December 12, 2018
White Boy Rick is a film with too many stories to tell, but Demange just about keeps it from becoming too tangled up, with sharp humour and a cast that keeps the film afloat in a wild tale of drugs and family.
December 12, 2018
Tat Radcliffe's cinematography does excellent work of capturing a city that's worn thin and patchy, just like its denizens.
December 11, 2018
It's quite a monotonous trip, though, and we never really know why we're there.
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