90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
One of the year's most unsettling -- and perhaps most illuminating -- films.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Dano is a real find in this daunting role about a teenager's identity crisis. The subject of the movie is dicey but ultimately deeply rewarding.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A disturbing and provocative study of adolescence and isolation.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A mature, insightful and extremely well-acted study of a boy at a crossroads in his life, and a doomed, tortured man who, consciously or not, longs for some kind of redemption, before it's too late.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
You know you're in the hands of a born filmmaker when he floods a scene with danger and excitement and, at the same time, tempers it with something more delicate -- a languor of the everyday.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The ending is a cheap shot. An inconclusive ending would have been better, and perhaps more honest. The movie and the ending have so little in common that it's as if the last scene is spliced in from a different film.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Depicts the bleak suburban milieu in a manner that avoids exploitation.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A provocative, upsetting film.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.