Fierce People Synopsis
A billionaire (Donald Sutherland) mentors a drug addict's (Diane Lane) teenage son[C2].
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Director Griffin Dunne's adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn's fiercely personal novel ambles pleasantly through coming-of-age movie territory,...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The film is worthwhile primarily for the fun, breezy first hour. After that, it's a case of watching to find out how things turn out.
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70

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Whenever Sutherland comes on scene, any inadequacies in the film's depiction of the well-to-do become irrelevant.
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70

Village Voice

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Whereas most of the injustices suffered by "Nanny's" nanny are of the skin-deep variety, the hopelessly reductive Fierce People ups the...
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Not even the always reliable Diane Lane can save this one.
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50

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
Fierce People is no ordinary dud. This seedy soap opera is the most outlandish, campy romp through the mud since "Showgirls."
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50

Chicago Tribune

The idea that rich people are an alien tribe is just one of many that get lost in Wittenborn’s distracted script. Instead of exploring the...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The platitudes in this gratuitously sentimental movie are taken a lot more seriously than the people.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
What might have read as a dense allegory comparing the rituals of the super-rich with the tribal customs of the violent Ishkanani tribe in...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

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Plays like a movie that some teenage boy cooked up in his chemistry lab. There are lots of potent things floating around in it - sexual...
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The Fierce Cliche

By DanCGeorge
Saved only from the Oh No! rating by Diane Lane's beautiful face, this film is a horriblel mess of cliches, bad timed directing, awful pacing, and a predictable story line. The actors are talented...

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Excellent!

By pomspringz
Diane Lane and Chris Evans are mesmerizing to watch, but Donald Sutherland steals the movie. He deserves an Oscar....

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Rated R | For language, drug use, sexuality/nudity and some violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Smart-but-grim coming-of-age tale best for adults.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF