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Actor-turned-director and producer Griffin Dunne (Practical Magic, Addicted to Love) teams up with scenarist Dirk Wittenborn for the slice-of-life ensemble drama Fierce People. As summer encroaches, 16-year-old Manhattanite Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin) would love nothing more than to trek off to South America and spend the year's sun-drenched months near the equator, embarking on thrilling adventures with his estranged archaeologist father, whom he's never met. Alas, the bonds of family rein in tight when Finn's booze- and coke-addled mother, the masseuse Liz (Diane Lane), cries out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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,
"Dunne's messy, unpredictable, yet weirdly vital movie veers from one extreme to another without finding a consistent tone, but Sutherland never strikes a wrong note."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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,
"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
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