Never Die Alone
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From a script from first-time scribe James Gibson comes this filmed adaptation of ex-gangster Donald Goines' 1974 novel Never Die Alone. Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson (Juice, Bones), the film stars David Arquette as Paul Pawlowski, a reporter who takes an interest in gang kingpin King David, played by rapper/actor DMX. When King David is killed, Pawlowski happens upon the criminal's journal and envelops himself in his story. From there, the rise and fall of King David is covered in flashbacks as Pawlowski makes his way through the diary. Aisha Tyler and Jennifer Sky co-star. ~… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"Thumbs down for me."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The various stories are strong enough to compensate for any acting deficiencies."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Violent movie starring rapper DMX is not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"His death was moving; his life was not. It's a requiem for a scumbag--one who left a whole lotta decent people destroyed in his wake."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"There's neither action nor thrill in this so-called action thriller, and there's really no reason to sit through it."
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"A bumbling adaptation."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"If not for the excessive melodrama, lousy dialogue, clumsy acting and generally nasty vibe, "Never Die Alone" could have had the kind of distinctive edge that made urban street dramas like Juice, Menace II Society..."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"This is not a workable drama, just a series of ideas that rap stars who worship Scarface think would be cool to see."
‑ David Cornelius,
"[A] gritty film noir [about] a sleazy drug pusher looking for redemption, but who - in classic noir fashion - learns that there is no escaping paying for one's past sins."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Never Die Alone is one of those dreadful movies that wants us to think it is deep and philosophical, but it's junk masquerading as art."
‑ Willie Waffle,
"What makes Never Die Alone so monumentally terrible isn't just its bearhugging of gangsta flick convention, but its desperate attempt to imbue run-of-the-mill crime with noir classicism."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"DMX has all the charisma you'd expect of a music star, and he uses it to portray King David as larger than life."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's too bad the filmmakers couldn't find a way to present [Goines's] vision without resorting to some pretty threadbare clichés."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Hampered by its convoluted plot and a marked melodramatic streak that counteracts the film's cool factor."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"If movies like Bad Lieutenant and Spun are your idea of a good time, then DMX has the film for you."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
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