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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Fishburne excels in his triple-threat roles as actor, director and adapter of his own play, and his cast glows under his direction.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Showcases a trio of terrific performances.
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L.A. Weekly

By F. X. Feeney
May lack any transcendent point that would make it exceptional, but it is certainly a worthy start, and worth catching.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Has a credibly gritty texture, thanks in large part to Fishburne's generosity with his fellow actors.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Strong, hard, dirty, funny, moving atmospheric and laced with scabrously musical street dialogue.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Basically it's an acting exercise - a one-set rendition of that old stage and movie standby, the ex-convict struggling to go straight who's...
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
If Laurence Fishburne could only have harnessed his fierce performance to drive his directoral debut, Once in the Life might have made...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
As urban gangster drama, Once in the Life is way below mundane, and Fishburne's direction exceeds the rookie jitters.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie remains an actor's exercise--too much dialogue, too much time in the room, too much happening offstage, or in the past, or in...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The good news is that Fishburne also stars, and has recruited a talented group of actors to flesh out the cast; the bad news is that no one...
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Rated R | For Language, Violence, Drug content