91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
On the Outs parses the hopes and terrors of blasted lives with an empathy that never cheapens into pity. The movie wounds as much as it heals, and that's its true power.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
What makes the film feel genuine, however, are the performances.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The excellent performances by the three leads, and the filmmakers' refusal to sugarcoat reality, elevate the film far beyond after-school special territory into something far more lasting.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A gritty, well-acted, documentary-style drama.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Powerful, documentary-style drama draws on the real-life experiences of "at risk" teenage girls.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
A scared-straight after-school special, but actually good.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A compelling albeit highly discouraging portrait.
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70

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Skillfully entwines stories of three young women drifting in and out of a Jersey City juvenile detention center.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Certainly not the first film to show how a crushing urban environment can make a sensible-sounding antidrug slogan like "just say no" seem like so much nonsense, but it's one of the strongest.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Jan Stuart
Bracing and remarkably compact drama, which invests some standard movie tropes of rough-and-tumble urban life with deep feeling and urgency.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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