Head On
Head On (1999)

This bold feature homes in on the confused world of its 19-year-old hero, Ari. Over a 24-hour period he confronts both his sexuality and his Greek background. Uncompromising and dynamic, pic, adapted from the book LOADED by Christos… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 13, 1999
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Director Ana Kokkinos has an eye for local color but spends little time developing the supporting characters.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Strains so desperately for a tragic kitchen-sink realism that in several crucial scenes the movie loses its grip and escalates into strident melodrama.

David Ehrenstein
New Times

... the movie demonstrates just how hard coming out can be, especially for those more at war with themselves than with the culture around them.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

In a way, the film is a kissing cousin to the 1960s kitchen sink dramas of the British cinema and the working-class angst of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

The film's close is grim and ambivalent, a choice that would be commendable if the movie had not so stubbornly held the same dour tone for two hours already, and if Ari weren't as boring as he is bored.

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Ben Falk
Empire Magazine

Kinetic, at times shocking, and -- as the title suggests -- constantly in your face, this is a film that may be narrow in scope but is awfully big in heart.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Anyone of any generation who has ever felt at odds with his or her environment can identify with the characters in Head On.

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Daniel Mangin

Its missteps and excesses aside, Head On is a promising feature film debut for Kokkinos.

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Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

There are some powerful moments in this rambling day-in-the-life odyssey.

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