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2011 2.0/5 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

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  • 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
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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