Deuces Wild
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This gang warfare drama is from director Scott Kalvert, whose previous film was the controversial and violent The Basketball Diaries (1995). In the sweltering summer of 1958, Leon (Stephen Dorff) and Bobby (Brad Renfro) are leaders of the Brooklyn street gang known as the Deuces. When their brother Alley Boy died from an overdose, the two toughs vowed to keep narcotics out of their turf, but now they're being muscled by a new and more powerful gang called the Vipers, fueled by drug money and led by mobster Fritzy Zennetti (Matt Dillon). As a vicious gang war heats up that will determine… More
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"Maybe if the movie had left all the expensive period artifacts, and most of the hackneyed script, on the street corner and let its capable young cast loose, Deuces Wild would have offered the audience a more interesting game."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"It's full of sound and fury, and the ensemble tries hard, but mob boss Fitzy has it right: They're just kids who need to grow up."
‑ Alex Kaloostian, Christian Science Monitor
"What died in here, and who can we call to take its carcass away?"
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"With a couple of plot twists and a few powerful performances, Deuces Wild is worth checking out -- but only on home video."
‑ Heather Wadowski, Film Threat
"A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A flashback to a heroin casualty on a rain-soaked playground is a crucial visual aid, but any punch-drunk victim of Deuces Wild might prefer the needle to the damage done."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"This clichéd tale of combative Brooklyn street gangs in the late 1950s gets it so wrong in so many ways, it's almost cruel to count them."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"If it was the intention of Kalvert, Gambale and Kimatian to infiltrate their script with every stereotypical hoodlum cliché from every movie covering Brooklyn bad boys, they were on the money. Too bad their movie isn't."
‑ Susan Michals, FilmStew.com
"I accuse films of being generic and unoriginal on a regular basis, but rarely have I seen a movie so determined to check off every cliché on the list as Deuces Wild."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"It not only promotes every stereotype and invokes every cliché of Brooklyn lore, it combines them all into an insulting composite, fuses that to the chrome-and-fins of the pointless Fifties, and then -- weirdly -- pretends it's Shakespeare."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"This is a movie that can't say no to a melodramatic opportunity, and whatever verisimilitude inspired Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale to write a script based on Kimatian's memories of the gangs has been utterly lost along the way."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Deuces Wild's not worth anteing up the ticket price."
‑ James Keith La Croix, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Tentando desesperadamente se transformar em uma espécie de O Selvagem da Motocicleta do novo milênio (com toques de Amor, Sublime Amor), o filme é esquemático demais, tornando-se artificial e nada envolvente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Despite its best intentions, Deuces Wild is an empty hand."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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