Never Die Alone
Never Die Alone (2004)

From a script from first-time scribe James Gibson comes this filmed adaptation of ex-gangster Donald Goines' 1974 novel Never Die Alone. Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson (Juice, Bones), the film stars David Arquette as Paul Pawlowski, a… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 26, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: DMX's menacing charisma is put to good use in this stylish but hackneyed modern-day noir.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Thumbs down for me.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The various stories are strong enough to compensate for any acting deficiencies.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Violent movie starring rapper DMX is not for kids.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

A bumbling adaptation.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

If not for the excessive melodrama, lousy dialogue, clumsy acting and generally nasty vibe, "Never Die Alone" could have had the kind of distinctive edge that made urban street dramas like Juice, Menace II Society...

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David Cornelius

This is not a workable drama, just a series of ideas that rap stars who worship Scarface think would be cool to see.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

What makes Never Die Alone so monumentally terrible isn't just its bearhugging of gangsta flick convention, but its desperate attempt to imbue run-of-the-mill crime with noir classicism.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

DMX has all the charisma you'd expect of a music star, and he uses it to portray King David as larger than life.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

It's too bad the filmmakers couldn't find a way to present [Goines's] vision without resorting to some pretty threadbare clichés.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
A slow starting Urban Thriller that is worth bearing with to reveal the true plot behind the film. In honesty the film is just easy watching, but has been seen… More
George Kiriyama
Disappointed with this one. Had a few moments where I thought okay this movie might have some promise. The only character you somewhat care for is the one… More
Bobby Hobbs
Movies awesome. DMX's best film. It's kind of insane, and tragic, through out the entire movie - but the storyline and twist, and everything, is… More
Chosen 718
Good film, hard to watch at certain points though.
Joseph Eastmond
Somehow this dark fiction, seems to work out very well.