• Released
  • December 28, 2011
  • (Limited 12/28)
  • R , 1 hr 26 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
Pariah Synopsis
Though not out to her parents, a Brooklyn teenager embraces her sexual identity as a lesbian.
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Critic Ratings

79
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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

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First-timer Dee Rees offers a fresh take on the overfamiliar coming-out genre.
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Great movie

By reggiesbrother7
It was an excellent movie that dealt with the joy and pain of a very courageous young lady coming out. It dealt with real issues and concerns ANY teenager may face dealing with their sexuality....

Excellent Film!

By lovegingi
Pariah was spontaneous and amzing. The story was powerful and spoke to anyone who felt like they were on the outside looking in while in high school. Excellent movie....

Awesome coming of age story!

By avalonriverview
This film is a must see! The actors and acting was outstanding, emotional and inspiring....

check it out

By NYMoviemania
I'm glad this movie was made. It explored aspects of what it means to be ******* in the black community. I also liked tha it showed some individual the struggle of teenagers and family with being...

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By wannago2themovies
Loved this movie. Characters are beautifully written and acted. Very real but not dark. Go now1...

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By milesmaker
AMAZING movie for modern-day families!...

great flim

By nelstarlegacy69
Great film it's raw and honest good performances by all characters also been waiting for this film for two years and it didn't disappoint...

Pariah

By ksaldridge
Great and Powerful Story, A MUST See!!...

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By coaled1
Great Movie!...

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More Info

Rated R | For sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Smart, sad, empowering film about a teen coming out.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF