River's Edge
River's Edge (1987)

Based on a true story, a group of apathetic high school students learn that a friend has killed his girlfriend, and after they are shown the body, decline to inform the police.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 8, 1987
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A harrowing tale of aimless youth, River's Edge generates considerable tension and urgency thanks to strong performances from a stellar cast that includes Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, and Ione Skye.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

It's more a success than a failure, if only because the confusions are so protean.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A powerful sociological film on white teenage alienation in small-town America, that is even more amazing that it's based on an actual event.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

River's Edge is a contemporary horror story about teen-agers, but it contains no slasher scenes or serial homicides. Its monsters are all too real.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

There are some good, frightening scenes of volatile lunacy, but the whole thing badly lacks a controlling distance and perspective.

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TV Guide

One of the most haunting films of the 1980s, River's Edge looks at a suburban, postpunk generation which has no causes, no morals, no feelings, and, worst of all, no future.

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Variety Staff

An unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Bitter and disturbing.

Emanuel Levy

Based on an actual incident in Northern California, Tim Hunter's controversial indie addresses the growing alienation and moral vacancy among youths growing up in drug-oriented and media-saturated society; Keanu Reeves is perfectly cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
If there is genius to be found here it is most certainly in the casting of off-center actors (i.e. Crispin Glover and Dennis Hopper) to play off-center… More
Aj V
My absolute favourite teenage drama/thriller of the 80s. It has an excellent cast, a great (and true) story, and it's even got a bit of humor. I highly… More
Jim Hunter
A high schooler kills his girlfriend, and his friends have varied reactions, some attempting to help him escape, others apathetic, and others telling the… More
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Yes, yes...I know the drill. Shame on me for not having seen this sooner. I kinda adore movies in this type of fashion. Be it Stand by Me, Alpha Dog or that… More
Dan Schultz
An over-acted but nonetheless arresting study in blind loyalty concerning a small town and its younger inhabitants (Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, among others),… More
Curtis Lilly
Dennis Hopper gets nun-chucked in the head by 12 year olds, long shots of a naked dead chick getting poked by sticks, and Crispen Glover's hair- all… More