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White Boy Rick Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2018
Tat Radcliffe's cinematography does excellent work of capturing a city that's worn thin and patchy, just like its denizens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2018
It's quite a monotonous trip, though, and we never really know why we're there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 10, 2018
[White Boy Rick] is decently acted, it's overlong and struggles to say anything particularly new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2018
It is a bit long and the pacing is off in places but the characters are realistic and the performances really good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 9, 2018
When you ask yourself: "What's so special about Rick?" The answer is: not much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 9, 2018
The music choices inject energy, but it's difficult to care about a character who is too dumb to care about himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2018
I could feel the grit under its fingernails... I quite liked it.
December 7, 2018
Never less than watchable, thanks largely to a handful of genuinely fine supporting turns...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2018
There's an honesty to the hardscrabble family portrait that makes it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2018
The issue is not that the film focuses on a white kid, but that it doesn't seem much interested in the black lives hit disproportionately hard by the war on drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2018
Mostly good fun with some bold performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2018
Much like Michael in Frank Berry's Michael Inside, Rick is a sympathetic character that has to live with the societal struggles he has been raised alongside. Merritt is one to watch and White Boy Rick would have truly suffered without his performance.
December 6, 2018
Yet roughing up his pretty-boy looks and playing people destined for defeat rather than Hollywood endings has become a cliché for McConaughey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 5, 2018
Thought-provoking points about racial injustice are raised, only to be sketched over by the script. Still, where White Boy Rick hooks you in is as a family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2018
It's an entertaining ride, but the lack of a knock-out punch lessens the impact of the careful work all round.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2018
A patchy follow-up to the searing '71 from director Yann Demange, but one which tells a compelling true story and offers a treat of a supporting turn from Matthew McConaughey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2018
Combining its great performances and beautiful cinematography, the film is certainly worth watching, but at the same time, it is important to keep in mind from what perspective that story is being told.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 1, 2018
This film's view of the social demoralization felt by no-hope white youth who follow the luckless moves of disadvantaged black youth is condescending. It makes fetish objects of them all.
November 1, 2018
White Boy Rick feels like a lot of misplaced bluster; a valley of flat peaks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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