• Released
  • December 28, 2011
  • (Limited 12/28)
  • R , 1 hr 26 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The film benefits most of all from Rees' careful screenplay, which dances that shifting line between fear and emergent hope. One of Alike's poems says it best: "Even breaking is opening. And I am broken. I am open."
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Rees tells Alike's story in vignettes that are sometimes slapstick, sometimes heartbreaking, always tender.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The gifted Rees makes finding out a stirring and heartfelt journey. And Oduye is unforgettable. A star is born.
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80

Movieline

Pariah wouldn't work without Oduye's luminous performance, capturing the emotional nuances of a character not prone to letting her emotions show.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Oduye, especially, is utterly absorbing. Even in those few moments when the movie follows a slightly more straightforward line than it needs, she is always engagingly, beautifully real.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's not fair to say that Ms. Davis steals scenes - one of the movie's strengths is its ensemble cast - but she supercharges every scene she's in.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a movie that feels in all its vividness, specificity, and honesty - and in its amateurish screenwriting, too - like something found from the early- to mid-1990s, when American independent moviemaking encouraged far more conversations about the sexuality of young, brown girls in movies like "Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.'' and "I Like It Like That.''
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film's resolution is uplifting but not unrealistic, and Pariah exercises restraint by not tying up every loose end.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

First-timer Dee Rees offers a fresh take on the overfamiliar coming-out genre.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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