• Released
  • December 3, 1999
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • Comedy
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's much closer to a European film in sensibility than to one of Hollywood's factory products.
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Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Possesses memorable portrayals of thoroughly original characters and draws a beguilingly bleak portrait of its Rhode Island settings.
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Chicago Tribune

Like Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused," Outside Providence reminisces vividly, recalling the era fondly but not with too much sugar.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Everything comes up forced and predictable in the nostalgic overload of bongs, Top 40 rock and boys' bluster about sex.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It stands apart when it comes to its extravagant humor and non-judgmental '70s-era reality (smoking dope, hitching rides, playing Frisbee, hanging out).
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Despite its familiar formula, feels fresh.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Baldwin is a marvel in a casting surprise that pays off.
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Reeks of the kind of atmosphere that makes you reach for the Lysol.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This unexceptional 1970s coming-of-age story is neither outrageous, new, nor comedic.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Plays like mediocre outtakes from better bell-bottomed fare (Richard Linklater's authentic, seriocomic "Dazed and Confused"; Fox's "That '70s Show") without making any kind of impression of its own.
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62 out of 100
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