100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

A tragic, enraging, and uplifting tale.
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75

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
If you didn't know that it was based on a true story, Skin would be a little hard to believe.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Director Anthony Fabian lets the story sell itself, and it does so partly on the strength of the lead performance by Sophie Okonedo.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The fact that it's actually based on a true story adds an extra layer of poignancy, heightened further by another superb Sophie Okonedo performance.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Skin is both exasperatingly choppy and exceptionally moving.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A little more variation in the script, though, might have yielded something truly great.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The direction is never more than conventional, with a tear-inducing finale better suited to a TV soap opera.
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40

Time Out New York

The story is too rich in incident for Fabian, whose episodic TV-movie approach speeds through Laing’s lifetime of abuse.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It’s a fascinating story: part genetic mystery, part socio-racial tragedy. However, Laing’s life, despite its inherent melodrama, does not automatically lend itself to the screen.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.