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.
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
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]
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 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 11, 2018
It's quite a monotonous trip, though, and we never really know why we're there.
December 9, 2018
When you ask yourself: "What's so special about Rick?" The answer is: not much.
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.
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.
December 7, 2018
Yet roughing up his pretty-boy looks and playing people destined for defeat rather than Hollywood endings has become a cliché for McConaughey.
November 2, 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.
November 1, 2018
The final act drags the film down to a snail's pace and overshadows a decent-enough foundation.
October 20, 2018
Some great performances keep things interesting because between the flashes of excellence lies something slightly more mundane.
September 29, 2018
... approaches the material with an appropriately gritty visual texture, but the screenplay offers only half-hearted scrutiny of racial disparity and selective enforcement of harsh Reagan-era narcotics laws.
September 26, 2018
Filmmaker Yann Demange delivers an exceedingly (and often excessively) familiar tale that's almost entirely devoid of compelling attributes...
September 25, 2018
The saying goes that the story writes itself, but White Boy Rick shows that even the best tales can be crafted into a boring, listless film.
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