Fresh (1994)

A bright young African-American boy attempts to survive life in the city by acting as an errand boy for a drug dealer in this thoughtful, sharply plotted drama. Known as Fresh, the young man must use his delivery jobs to support himself and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well cast and sharply directed, Fresh serves as an attention-getting calling card for writer-director Boaz Yakin as well as a gripping urban drama.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Glibly shocking, it would like you to think it deals with the hard realities of urban life, but in fact it uses its patina of social consciousness as a come-on for the most conventional kind of violent commercial filmmaking.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

[Fresh is] made with a subtle precision that suggests a Vermeer landscape of the ninth circle of hell.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The movie's two instincts are at complete odds with each other.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Sean Nelson is a quiet revelation as the title character, a child who actively participates in what he regards as the only game in town, yet consistently demonstrates more caution and smarts than his friends or relatives.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is kept alive largely through its first-rate performances, beginning with Sean Nelson's as the boy; Giancarlo Esposito is also a standout.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

A gripping story of survival on the streets and survival of the soul.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The script by writer-director Boaz Yakin is fresh itself, marrying the physical violence of Fresh's world with the intellectual violence of competitive chess.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Fresh appeals to the head as well as the heart.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It's rigorous and quite depressing fare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Corky: Only reason you ain't the man is you still too goddamn little, but, when you get bigger, you gonna be the man. "Risking it all, he invents new… More
xGary Xx
One of the best of the host of urban dramas based in the projects, an uncompromising tale of inner city violence and crime seen through the eyes of a 12 year… More
James Alvarez
Samuel L. Jackson wasn't his usual over the top self. Instead he brings a great performance to a small role.
Todd Smith
A pretty good and very underrated movie. This kid is a genius and the ending was great. The only negative would have to be all the ebonics throughout which make… More
Alexander Wilson
I loved this film as a teen. Yet I think I would get slightly bored today, because its a one of story and doesn't really narrate into anything… More
John Ballantine
Interesting narcotics story simply because we have the 12 year old as the main pusher (no pun) of the plot. Sam Jackson is not shouting in this one.