On the Outs
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Three teenage girls struggle to survive in the urban jungle of their hardscrabble New Jersey neighborhood in this fact-inspired independent drama. Oz (Judy Marte) is an unapologetically tough 17-year-old who oversees a team of drug dealers, but beneath her hard shell is a soft heart as she cares for her younger brother who is mentally challenged (Dominic Colón). Suzette (Anny Mariano) is 15, and her mother is determined that her daughter is going to make something of herself -- which makes matters all the worse for Suzette when her boyfriend gets her pregnant then refuses to take his share of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Harrowing and heartbreaking, On the Outs is persuasively performed by fine actors, yet has the real feel of a documentary."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Well-meaning but mediocre."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"It's raw, it's gritty, and it's excellent."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A sporadically powerful but uneven little film, in which moments of insight and conviction alternate with others that seem contrived and mawkish."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The filmmakers' sense of outrage is palpable, matched only by the despair coursing through the movie's brief 81-minute running time."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"It succeeds, if unevenly."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"An attention-grabbing showcase for three promising actresses in sharply drawn lead roles."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Nothing short of awe-inspiring: riveting and real, a truly important work which is, blessedly, about something."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Judy Marte once again shows that she's an actress to watch. She's a commanding presence on screen and demands that you feel for her, even though her story is not the most sympathetic."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Saves itself from after-school- special territory thanks to tough, human performances and plenty of streetwise authenticity."
‑ , E! Online
"A work of harrowing, visceral power."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The performances are terrific: None is showy or actorish but earnest, truthful jobs laying bare souls in anguish."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"A trio of troubled Latinas linked by lawlessness in super-realistic, female empowerment flick not to be missed."
‑ Kam Williams, BlackFilm.com
"Granted that On the Outs doesn't explore any new realms of destitute city life but it still contains unspeakable moments of desolation and disillusionment."
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
"Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnik's film must live and die on the strength of its lead performers. Luckily, most of the time they are up to the challenge."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
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