Pure (2005)

When class registration doesn't quite go as planned, a disheartened Misha sets her sights on Sam. Josh's feelings for her spin out of control. Misha unwittingly finds herself having to choose in life, love and destiny. Can she… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This entry in the kitchen-sink realism genre is elevated by its strong performances.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Eden, who holds the film together by his winning presence and doughty performance, effectively conveys the effect of severe challenges that no child should ever have to face.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Molly Parker is an extraordinary actress of the ordinary.

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Jules Brenner

derivative ... we've seen better

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Although there is nothing really new here, an honest sense of humanity wins out.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's a good film that really knows its subject.

Eric D. Snider

It is so well-acted that it deserves admiration, but some of its pedestrian plot elements drag it down toward mediocrity.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Parker and Harry Eden, the boy who plays her precocious-by-necessity son, elevate Pure from a tedious cautionary tale to a wrenching drama.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Pure is made in the fine old miserabilist tradition of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, but MacKinnon has a rare way with children and a poetic eye for even the drabbest inner-city habitats.

Marc Mohan

There are latchkey kids, and then there's Paul, the 10-year-old hero (there's no other word for it) of Gillies MacKinnon's powerful drama Pure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]"Pure" takes place following the death of Paul's father, making ten-year old Paul(Harry Eden) the man of the house, as his… More