63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
This is grim, bleak material that at times is monotonous, but its woe feels authentic.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Yelling to the Sky drips with a strange but sometimes moving nostalgia for environs its characters clearly want to escape.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Yelling is a prosaic look at a hard life. Like Sweetness, the movie finds its way by instinct.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Perhaps the clearest evidence that Yelling to the Sky is based on Mahoney's own life is that the movie lets its most troubled characters off pretty easy.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Michael Nordine
The film avoids most of its genre's pratfalls, though it also shows little interest in transcending them.
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50

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Strong on texture but taxingly light on narrative.
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50

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
It's disconcerting to watch Sweetness, tiny and light-skinned, assaulting Latonya, large and dark-skinned, partly because it bluntly if inconclusively underscores a crucial color divide that runs through this film like a throbbing vein.
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40

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Little more than a résumé film for all involved, it certainly feels more Park City than Bushwick.
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48 out of 100
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