Fierce People
Fierce People (2005)

Trapped in his mother's Lower East Side apartment, 16-year-old Finn wants nothing more than to escape New York and spend the summer in South America studying the Iskanani Indians, or "Fierce People," with the anthropologist… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 24, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fierce People's premise of a teenager studying rich people like animals is grating and self-satisfied, and Anton Yelchin's smug performance makes the film even harder to agree with.

Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

Director Griffin Dunne, working from Dirk Wittenborn's adaptation of his own novel, pounds away at the analogy between the inherent cruelty of the tribal rituals of the Iskanani and those of the well-heeled.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Rarely has self-pity become so monotonous so quickly.

Clint Morris

divine performances from Lane and Sutherland

Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On balance, it's a movie worth seeing with its artistic inserts, appropriate soundtrack and organic performances.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the movie's abrupt (and downright graceless) transformation from jaunty comedy to heavy-handed drama strips the proceedings of any momentum it may have had...

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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle

There are lots of potent things floating around in it -- sexual initiation, drugs, fantasy-land wealth, brute violence, primitive rituals, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland -- but the mix just sits there without producing any notable reactions.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

After a promising start, Griffin Dunne's film bogs down and simply turns into a predictable mish-mash of a movie that is shrill and heavy-handed and totally trite.

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Brian Orndorf

With a screechingly affected voice (think Nicholson mixed with a sick Chihuahua), Yelchin is all tiring, syllable-pulling raw nerve here; a blinding pitch that holds the film back from needed dramatic expression.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I purchased this from Amazon for something ridiculous like $3 as part of a buy one get other two cheap deal. It wasn't a movie I had heard of or expected… More
Red Lats
Are the customs of a rich family like those of a primitive South American band of natives? That is the premise of this movie. There are those in the rich… More
Tim Sigur
Intensely stupid movie that I caught on Sundance (they constantly make me question why I still keep them on my cable package, but then they show a Cassavettes… More
jay nixon
good cast, mediocre film
Leigh Ryan
Subject matter turned very heavy about halfway into the film, but ends very nicely. I liked it...
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"Fierce People" is a remarkably moving, enjoyable, unique and powerful film. It takes on tough subject matter that others would shy away from,… More