Pariah (2011)

Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn's Fort… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pulsing with authenticity and led by a stirring lead performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah is a powerful coming out/coming-of-age film that signals the arrival of a fresh new talent in writer/director Dee Rees.

John Anderson

The gay coming-of-age story's been done, but "Pariah" has something fresh to say, largely about the knotty complexities of love, and how they might keep someone in the closet: How badly do you need to be free, to hurt the people you love?

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Pariah" is a small film about a big subject: the struggle to be who you are, not who others would like you to be.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Each character is so real, like someone you may know, which makes Pariah a real comfort.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rees brings a heartfelt connection to the material, based on her own coming-out story, but the film's ingredients aren't the freshest.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

If the destination is trite, the journey isn't - it comes with an ample supply of raw honesty.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Such a shame the rest of the picture hews so closely to the stereotypical indie playbook.

Tom Long
Detroit News

You don't have to be black or lesbian or even know someone who's gay to appreciate "Pariah"; you just have to have gone through or be going through the process of growing up.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Rees tells Alike's story in vignettes that are sometimes slapstick, sometimes heartbreaking, always tender.

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

Pariah tells an involving story that's both deftly relatable and urgently progressive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
This was really good, it will hurt your heart. But "Breaking is freeing." If I could change one thing about this movie, it would be to omit the… More
Daniel Perry
Gritty portrayal of coming out as a teenager - about finding yourself, whatever that takes, and about the number of ways that the vulnerability that comes along… More
Spencer S.
A complex portrait of a struggling lesbian teenager from a conservative household, "Pariah" tries to be enlightening, even tragic in its depiction,… More
William Dunmyer
"Pariah," from first-time writer/director Dee Rees, doesn't break much artistic ground. It tells the same gay/lesbian coming-out story that… More
Christian C
The struggle and pain are palpable. An extraordinary performance by Oduye giving voice to a segment of the LGBT community I have never gotten to know. My life… More
Greg S
A lesbian teenager in Brooklyn leads an uncomfortable double life, trying to hide her lifestyle from her conservative parents while struggling to find a… More

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