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Never Die Alone Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Alas, this is just film ugly.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Pulpy, fairly speedy but just the same old urban thing by its wrap-up.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Purports to be literate film noir but comes off more like the overwritten project of a film school kid who just memorized his textbook on the style.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Almost everything that frames the drug dealer's tale is facile and second-rate. Simply put, you don't believe it. What you do believe is DMX's cruel charisma.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Never Die Alone is [Dickerson's] best work to date, with the complexity of serious fiction and the nerve to start dark and stay dark, to follow the logic of its story right down to its inevitable end.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Violent movie starring rapper DMX is not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is about people who are engaged in crime and corruption. It has constant and extreme violence, including many graphic murders. The main characters are drug dealers, and the movie includes drug use (heroin and cocaine) and overdoses, including a mother whose overdose is discovered by her children. Characters use extremely strong and hostile language, including the "N" word, and they treat each other with emotional as well as physical brutality. There are explicit sexual references and situations, including a graphic sex scenes and a threesome involving twins.

  • Families can talk about how the characters decided what was important to them. Who are their role models? Why? What does it mean to say that "we reap what we sow?"

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The characters are engaged in crime and corruption.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme peril and graphic violence, many character deaths. Extreme peril.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit sexual references and situations, nudity.

  • language false5

    Language: Extremely strong language, including the n-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters deal drugs, drug use, overdoses, drinking, smoking.