Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Never Die Alone is [Dickerson's] best work to date, with the complexity of serious fiction and the nerve to start dark and stay dark, to follow the logic of its story right down to its inevitable end.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
That the film finds its own groove is due largely to the eye of director Ernest Dickerson. Not surprisingly, he began his career as a cinematographer, working on Spike Lee’s early films.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Almost everything that frames the drug dealer's tale is facile and second-rate. Simply put, you don't believe it. What you do believe is DMX's cruel charisma.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This throwback to the outmoded blaxploitation genre is skillfully filmed by Dickerson, but has little else to offer besides cheap, violent thrills.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Invites us to both hate King David and admire his style, and there will probably be some hand-wringing about that.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Pulpy, fairly speedy but just the same old urban thing by its wrap-up.
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Chicago Tribune

Purports to be literate film noir but comes off more like the overwritten project of a film school kid who just memorized his textbook on the style.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
What Never Die Alone is is a hackneyed tale of vengeance set in the 'hood, teeming with stock characters, slo-mo gunplay, and rampant misogyny.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Alas, this is just film ugly.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Racist, misogynistic and breath­takingly cynical, Ernest Dickerson's clichéd crime drama Never Die Alone shamelessly exploits the degrada­tion of its irredeemable characters.
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38 out of 100
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