Yelling to the Sky (2012)



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A visceral coming-of-age story, YELLING TO THE SKY features a sobering, breakthrough performance from Kravitz, with an all-star supporting cast including Jason Clarke (THE CHICAGO CODE; Kathryn Bigelow's ZERO DARK THIRTY; Baz Lurhman's THE GREAT GATSBY); Gabourey Sidibe (Best Actress nominee for PRECIOUS; The BIG C; TOWER HEIST); Tim Blake Nelson (LINCOLN; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?) and Antonique Smith (NOTORIOUS). (c) Official Site
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Zoë Kravitz
as Sweetness O'Hara
Jason Clarke
as Gordon O'Hara
Antonique Smith
as Ola Katherine O'Hara
Yolonda Ross
as Lorene O'Hara
Gabourey Sidibe
as Latonya Williams
Tariq Trotter
as Roland
E.J. Bonilla
as Rob Rodriguez
Shareeka Epps
as Fatima
Sonequa Martin-Green
as Jojo Parker
Gio Perez
as Shorty Santos
Billy Kay
as Dobbs
Hassan Manning
as Bohanen
Gleendilys Inoa
as Betty Oriol
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Critic Reviews for Yelling to the Sky

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

This is grim, bleak material that at times is monotonous, but its woe feels authentic.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
New York Post
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Not much happens in story terms, but the film swirls with emotions that make it by turns grim and amusing, heavy and light, obvious and vague.

December 13, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Mahoney barely explains her characters' circumstances, which makes the movie obliquely intriguing. But whenever the story comes into focus, it's revealed as fairly conventional.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
Top Critic

"Yelling" is a prosaic look at a hard life. Like Sweetness, the movie finds its way by instinct.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Little more than a résumé film for all involved, it certainly feels more Park City than Bushwick.

Full Review… | December 11, 2012
Village Voice
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Yelling to the Sky drips with a strange but sometimes moving nostalgia for environs its characters clearly want to escape.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Yelling to the Sky


If every family is each unhappy in their own unique way, then the O'Hara family has hit the jackpot. First, Ola(Antonique Smith) and Sweetness(Zoe Kravitz) have to face bullies on the way home from school, before having to suffer under the hand of their abusive and alcoholic father(Jason Clarke), as their mother(Yolonda Ross) is pretty much catatonic. And then Ola gets pregnant which takes her away from her sister. So to recap. We have bullying, alcoholism, physical abuse, mental illness, and teenage pregnancy. Did I leave anything out? Wait, there's also drug abuse, yet to come. In other words, with "Yelling to the Sky," there is just one awful and miserable situation without any kind of plot or story to really speak of. So, that just goes to show you how good an actor Jason Clarke really is, as he gives a master tutorial on how to build a character out of absolutely nothing. And I have never been so glad to see Tim Blake Nelson in anything before this.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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A very raw and realistic film that doesn't sugar-coat it. Great movie with a great cast to helm it. Zoe Kravitz is just perfect. I admire the director, Victoria Mahoney, for giving it her all to sprout her vision onto the movie scene. The experience of the film was very humble and not over the top. It was simple, but complex. Great independent film and hope that more people get to watch it and love it as much as I had.

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