Skins (2002)

One hundred years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, the painful legacy of the Indian wars still reverberates through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the Oglala Sioux attempt to preserve their ancient dignity while living on… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though at times melodramatic, Skins' harsh depiction of life on the reservation is an eye-opener.

Los Angeles Times

Skins is a wrenching, uncompromisingly bleak film, but its stars ... fill the screen with warmth, humor and spiritual yearning in the face of hardship and tragedy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

To see this movie is to understand why the faces on Mount Rushmore are so painful and galling to the first Americans.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

While most of the acting was good, some of it was amateurish.

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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

Rather quickly, the film falls into a soothing formula of brotherly conflict and reconciliation.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Although mainstream American movies tend to exploit the familiar, every once in a while a film arrives from the margin that gives viewers a chance to learn, to grow, to travel.

Brian Mckay

Like Smoke Signals, the film is also imbued with strong themes of familial ties and spirituality that are powerful and moving without stooping to base melodrama

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

It's a haunting indictment of a situation that has by and large been swept under the rug by Americans -- a stirring look at one man's impotent rage.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

What makes Skins compelling is how it opens our eyes to conditions on the reservation.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Whatever Eyre's failings as a dramatist, he deserves credit for bringing audiences into this hard and bitter place.

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Moe E
This is one the wife picked and I had no idea what we were getting into. Ultimately, the film is a brutal look at the realities of life, or what passes for… More