Deuces Wild
Deuces Wild (2002)

This gang warfare drama is from director Scott Kalvert, whose previous film was the controversial and violent The Basketball Diaries (1995). In the sweltering summer of 1958, Leon (Stephen Dorff) and Bobby (Brad Renfro) are leaders of the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 3, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 3% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Melodramatic and weighted down with silly dialogue, Deuces Wild is a forgettable, overheated thriller that leaves no cliche unturned.

Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Maybe if the movie had left all the expensive period artifacts, and most of the hackneyed script, on the street corner and let its capable young cast loose, Deuces Wild would have offered the audience a more interesting game.

Gene Seymour

Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Scott Kalvert's attempt at a gangster picture is the worst film of 2002.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

A flashback to a heroin casualty on a rain-soaked playground is a crucial visual aid, but any punch-drunk victim of Deuces Wild might prefer the needle to the damage done.

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Alex Kaloostian
Christian Science Monitor

It's full of sound and fury, and the ensemble tries hard, but mob boss Fitzy has it right: They're just kids who need to grow up.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

It not only promotes every stereotype and invokes every cliché of Brooklyn lore, it combines them all into an insulting composite, fuses that to the chrome-and-fins of the pointless Fifties, and then -- weirdly -- pretends it's Shakespeare.

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Robert Koehler

This is a movie that can't say no to a melodramatic opportunity, and whatever verisimilitude inspired Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale to write a script based on Kimatian's memories of the gangs has been utterly lost along the way.

Leah Rozen
People Magazine

This clichéd tale of combative Brooklyn street gangs in the late 1950s gets it so wrong in so many ways, it's almost cruel to count them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
While this movie is completely ridiculous and corny, it's still fun to see Stephen Dorff being the bizarre person he is. There's actually some really… More
danny d
fun outsiders type of flick
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Not bad, too cliche at times and predictable resolution, but still not bad. I guess it helps that i'm a sucker for 50s retro stuff. Fairuza Balk also looks… More
Brendan Nicholls
poor film
Al S
An explosive gangland drama, the best film of it's kind since The Outsiders. An electrifying film that explodes with action and a powerful cast of superb… More
Leo L
Great movie!