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Filmmaker Chris Eyre, who directed the independent success story Smoke Signals -- one of the first motion pictures directed by, written by, and starring Native American talent -- offers another look at contemporary Native American culture in this hard-hitting drama. Rudy (Eric Schweig) and Mogie (Graham Greene) are two brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Located in the poorest county in the United States, joblessness and alcoholism are all-too-common facts of life in Pine Ridge, and Rudy and Mogie represent opposite ends of the scale of fortune. Mogie, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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"Skins is a wrenching, uncompromisingly bleak film, but its stars ... fill the screen with warmth, humor and spiritual yearning in the face of hardship and tragedy."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"To see this movie is to understand why the faces on Mount Rushmore are so painful and galling to the first Americans."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While most of the acting was good, some of it was amateurish."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Director Chris Eyre is going through the paces again with his usual high melodramatic style of filmmaking."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"Thanks to strong performances by Schweig and Greene, the results are powerful and heartbreaking."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Rather quickly, the film falls into a soothing formula of brotherly conflict and reconciliation."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"Although mainstream American movies tend to exploit the familiar, every once in a while a film arrives from the margin that gives viewers a chance to learn, to grow, to travel."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Like Smoke Signals, the film is also imbued with strong themes of familial ties and spirituality that are powerful and moving without stooping to base melodrama"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Though the aboriginal aspect lends the ending an extraordinary poignancy, and the story itself could be played out in any working class community in the nation."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"There's a certain raggedness and preachiness to the picture, but ultimately its simplicity and basic integrity shine through and compensate for the flaws."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's a haunting indictment of a situation that has by and large been swept under the rug by Americans -- a stirring look at one man's impotent rage."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"What makes Skins compelling is how it opens our eyes to conditions on the reservation."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Whatever Eyre's failings as a dramatist, he deserves credit for bringing audiences into this hard and bitter place."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It lacks the compassion, good-natured humor and the level of insight that made [Eyre's] first film something of a sleeper success."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Despite all of its good intentions, Skins remains only skin deep."
‑ , E! Online
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