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Randolph Kret wrote and directed this subculture drama exploring skinhead gangs. The gang-rape of Sam (Elexa Williams) triggers her suicide. Her boyfriend Steve (Damon Jones) finds the legal system inadequate, so he plots revenge by infiltrating the gang. To gain entrance, however, he must embrace the very attitudes he despises. Once inside, he gains a better understanding of the factors behind the neo-Nazi movement, but eventually he's put on the spot and must choose between committing murder or revealing his cover. The Scott Grusin score includes songs by Minor Threat. Shown at the 1998… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film maintains a convincing realism: It's acted out by little-known but expert talents and shot, cleverly, as though the camera were a fly on the wall."
‑ Michael Freidson, Time Out New York
"Pariah, a raw and unblinking look at the skinhead subculture, is a movie I'd like to show to those admirers of Fight Club who have assured me of their movie's greatness. This is the real thing..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Take a tip from the title: Shun this well-meaning but ridiculous revenge drama about a vicious gang of bone-headed, California neo-Nazis and the man hell-bent on destroying them."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Randolph Kret['s ...] direction forcefully shows how the raw hatred of the skinheads regularly explodes into shocking brutality."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"For all its chutzpah and idealism, Pariah remains a muddled mess, a far cry from Australian director Geoffrey Wright's seminal Romper Stomper, which this film clearly strives to emulate..."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"[T]his [...] film by Randolph Kret mistakes the study of a particularly virulent set of symptoms for a diagnosis... Nuance is not something Mr. Kret has much use for."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"There's no doubting the ability of [director Randolph] Kret [...] in working up an audience and drawing persuasive performances from a sizable cast."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"There are plenty jolting episodes of rage and violence, but in the end this pulpy potboiler is wrapped up in an unsatisfyingly tidy, coincidence-heavy bow."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Randolph Kret's movie is thrown together helter-skelter, scenes popping up before our eyes without rhyme or reason, but the picture is so visceral, has no much damn frenetic energy, that it compels our attention."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Pariah, like a through-the-looking-glass version of American History X, is brutally raw and often difficult to watch, but this low-budget indie is an important film that deserves to be seen by a large audience."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"[I]n no time flat you get a clear idea of how broadly painted and platitudinous Randolph Kret's Pariah is [...] If only being right were all you needed."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"As hard as it is to watch, Director/Writer Randolph Kret's film does exactly what it's supposed to do..."
‑ Kathleen McInnis, MovieMaker Magazine
"Pariah is [...] a brave, in-your-face attempt to handle a very tough, highly unattractive subject. The result is a commendable, if unpleasant, near miss."
‑ , Film Threat
"does a lot with a little, but it's still not much"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Though Kret does a poor job of telling it, there is a story struggling to be heard amid the chaos"
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
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