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.
December 9, 2018
When you ask yourself: "What's so special about Rick?" The answer is: not much.
December 7, 2018
There's an honesty to the hardscrabble family portrait that makes it worthwhile.
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
Mostly good fun with some bold performances.
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.
Top Critic
September 18, 2018
I can think of no reason any bright, witty or halfway sophisticated movie lover-or otherwise normal person-would want to spend 10 minutes with any of the criminal degenerates in this worthless load of crap.
September 18, 2018
There's something strangely uninvolving about White Boy Rick, despite all its claims to be a sensational true story.
September 16, 2018
In trying to do too much, White Boy Rick accomplishes too little.
September 14, 2018
A lot of deals go down, and go bad, in White Boy Rick, but the one that really goes awry is the one with the audience.
September 14, 2018
It's a tale of right and wrong, greed, power and corruption. This telling gets a lot of the details right, but pulling away, the bigger picture is left rather blurred.
September 14, 2018
McConaughey is so good and emotionally affecting as Richard Sr., in both vulnerable and tough moments, that it might even catch you off guard.
September 14, 2018
Vivid, punchy...
September 13, 2018
Watching this young man's life fall apart because of his destructive community and family is harrowing.
September 13, 2018
White Boy Rick is an intriguing story brought to life by impressive performances, particularly from McConaughey and Merritt.
September 13, 2018
What sets it a notch or two above rote familiarity is its cast, featuring a charismatic, white trash-with-a-heart-of-gold turn from a mulletted Matthew McConaughey and a naturalistically low-key performance from newcomer Richie Merritt.
September 13, 2018
Merritt is charming, authentic and incredibly watchable.
September 13, 2018
The '80s Detroit of "Rick" is a wintry moral wasteland. Despair hangs heavy in the air there.
September 13, 2018
"White Boy Rick" works better as a working-class father/son drama than a cautionary tale about the American judicial system, though it never comes together satisfactorily as either.
September 13, 2018
Merritt as young Rick who is a genuine revelation here, capturing the essence of his character - indolent but loyal and loving - with a performance that is subtle, textured and wholly believable.
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