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2011 1.4/5 IMDb 7.2/10 (4.0k) R SuperHD 86 minutes

A lesbian teen in the Bronx balances the open expression of her sexuality among her close friends with keeping it hidden from her religious parents.

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Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Sahra Mellesse, Kim Wayans, Shamika Cotton, Raymond Anthony Thomas Directed by Dee Rees

Dramas, LGBTQ Dramas, Independent Dramas, LGBTQ Movies, Independent Movies

Language: English

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Awards
  • Nominee, Independent Spirit Awards - Best Female Lead nominee 2012 Adepero Oduye
NYT Critics' Pick: A Brooklyn Girl Who’s Just Not Frilly

“Pariah” is Dee Rees’s stirring coming-out story of a virginal 17-year-old African-American lesbian in a pious household in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. — Stephen Holden Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
  93%   82%
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
 

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?

John Anderson, Newsday, 2012-02-17

 

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.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2012-01-20

 

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

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-01-20

 

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

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-01-13

 

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

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-01-12

 

Especially rewarding about Oduye's performance is how she's able to portray that frustration while retaining hope and optimism.

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2012-01-12

 

Rees' script, peppered with colourful hip-hop argot, is smart and economical, with well-drawn characters, dialogue and situations that echo with authenticity.

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2012-01-12

 

"Pariah" feels a lot like life, at its most confusing, contradictory and exhilarating.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2012-01-06

 

Adepero Oduye is excellent as a Brooklyn teen coming to terms with her sexual identity in this gritty film

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2012-01-05

 

The originality lies in the details, and the dramatic energy that sustains almost every scene.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2012-01-05

 

An eloquent, haunting coming-of-age/ coming-out tale...

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2012-01-05

 

"Pariah'' really feels like something rare.

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 2012-01-05

 

Rees packs a lot into a simple narrative, and only rarely overpacks.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2012-01-05

 

The film is an impressive debut for writer-director Dee Rees.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-01-05

 

Pariah is a tender, sporadically goofy, yet candid examination of emergent identity.

Ella Taylor, NPR, 2012-01-04

 

In her fearless, world-here-I-am! debut Pariah, writer-director Dee Rees demonstrates, with simplicity and verve, that there's no substitute for authenticity.

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 2012-01-04

 

The filmmaking is often wayward, the scenes of confrontation sometimes too stagey, but Oduye is a marvelous young actress with a camera-ready face brimming with soulfulness.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2012-01-04

 

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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-01-22

 

The movie's point, which is impossible to miss, is that it's hard being black & gay in America and, while there's undoubtedly truth in that sentiment, it doesn't necessarily make for a compelling motion picture circa 2011.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2012-01-02