Skin Synopsis
A young woman appears to be of mixed race despite having white parents.
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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

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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...
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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...
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Wow, very powerful and moving!

By njmoviefan
This is a must see! Wow! What a great and compelling film! Very powerful and moving! Extraordinary acting! Based on a true story from Apartheid-era South Africa. The story follows the life of Sandra...

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By cplotkin
A beautifully conceived and executed film, and a deeply moving one. It would have been easy to overdraw the pathos and oversimplify the conflicts. Instead, the director and actors let the story and...

Five Word Review

By Drez_Digital
a female's battle through exceptance...

Skin

By mmattin459
Amazing story. I am so glad a friend of ours told us to go and see it....

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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Intense family drama about race, identity during apartheid.
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