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On the Outs Review

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4.5

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  • 4.0
    66

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    Bracing and remarkably compact drama, which invests some standard movie tropes of rough-and-tumble urban life with deep feeling and urgency.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Skillfully entwines stories of three young women drifting in and out of a Jersey City juvenile detention center.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Certainly not the first film to show how a crushing urban environment can make a sensible-sounding antidrug slogan like "just say no" seem like so much nonsense, but it's one of the strongest.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A compelling albeit highly discouraging portrait.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    On the Outs parses the hopes and terrors of blasted lives with an empathy that never cheapens into pity. The movie wounds as much as it heals, and that's its true power.

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