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Trapped in his mother's Lower East Side apartment, 16-year-old Finn wants nothing more than to escape New York and spend the summer in South America studying the Iskanani Indians, or "Fierce People," with the anthropologist father he's never met. But Finn's dreams are shattered when he is arrested in a desperate effort to help his drug-dependent mother, Liz, who scrapes by working as a masseuse. Determined to get their lives back on track, Liz moves the two of them into a guesthouse on the vast country estate of her ex-client, the aging aristocratic billionaire, Ogden C.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

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"Director Griffin Dunne, working from Dirk Wittenborn's adaptation of his own novel, pounds away at the analogy between the inherent cruelty of the tribal rituals of the Iskanani and those of the well-heeled."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"Rarely has self-pity become so monotonous so quickly."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"divine performances from Lane and Sutherland"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Smart-but-grim coming-of-age tale best for adults."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Desperate, manipulative."
‑ Mary F. Pols, Contra Costa Times
"On balance, it's a movie worth seeing with its artistic inserts, appropriate soundtrack and organic performances."
‑ Jennifer Preyss, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"...the movie's abrupt (and downright graceless) transformation from jaunty comedy to heavy-handed drama strips the proceedings of any momentum it may have had..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Watching the idle rich toy with people can only go so far, then you want more depth and this doesn't have it."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Fierce People is no ordinary dud. This seedy soap opera is the most outlandish, campy romp through the mud since Showgirls."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"There are lots of potent things floating around in it -- sexual initiation, drugs, fantasy-land wealth, brute violence, primitive rituals, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland -- but the mix just sits there without producing any notable reactions."
‑ Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle
"After a promising start, Griffin Dunne's film bogs down and simply turns into a predictable mish-mash of a movie that is shrill and heavy-handed and totally trite."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"With a screechingly affected voice (think Nicholson mixed with a sick Chihuahua), Yelchin is all tiring, syllable-pulling raw nerve here; a blinding pitch that holds the film back from needed dramatic expression."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Miscalculated at every level, it's a vacant drama full of ineptly drawn characters."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"The laughs suddenly cease after a brutal rape sequence, and Dunne desperately and vainly tries to re-work the remainder of the movie as a metaphysical coming-of-age story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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