Blackbird (2015)

BLACKBIRD tells the story of seventeen-year-old Randy (Julian Walker), a devout Christian, who, as strong as he seems on the outside, is hiding a secret inner struggle - the denial of being gay. He is also struggling with his life at home… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 24, 2015
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2015
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Andy Webster
New York Times

Despite its sense of mission, the film suffers from soapy excesses and narrative disjunctures.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Despite what could have been a breakthrough performance for Walker, Blackbird becomes just a well-intentioned melodrama that lacks the focus it needs to truly soar.

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Kam Williams
Baret News

A gospel-driven cross of Precious and Rent, only set in a sleepy Southern town that time forgot instead of New York City.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

Director Patrik-Ian Polk makes the ending a little too pat, but he makes us root for these characters to be happy, and for their world to be a better place.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Patrik-Ian Polk makes a huge artistic leap with this deeply affecting, funny and original peek at one confused youth's coming out process.

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

The film is, like its main character, too na´ve to understand or, at least, to deploy the reparative powers of camp.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Anything that can go wrong, will - often in spectacular fashion.

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Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve

At no point does anyone in the film even vaguely resemble an actual 21st-century teenager; when these kids text each other, it comes across like science fiction.

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