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Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Rolling Stone
It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
Boston Globe
Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
New York Daily News
Dano is a real find in this daunting role about a teenager's identity crisis. The subject of the movie is dicey but ultimately deeply rewarding.
Baltimore Sun
One of the year's most unsettling -- and perhaps most illuminating -- films.
Chicago Sun-Times
The ending is a cheap shot. An inconclusive ending would have been better, and perhaps more honest. The movie and the ending have so little in common that it's as if the last scene is spliced in from a different film.
Entertainment Weekly
You know you're in the hands of a born filmmaker when he floods a scene with danger and excitement and, at the same time, tempers it with something more delicate -- a languor of the everyday.
Philadelphia Inquirer
A disturbing and provocative study of adolescence and isolation.
Miami Herald
A mature, insightful and extremely well-acted study of a boy at a crossroads in his life, and a doomed, tortured man who, consciously or not, longs for some kind of redemption, before it's too late.
New York Post
Depicts the bleak suburban milieu in a manner that avoids exploitation.
A provocative, upsetting film.
Paints a sincere and serious portrait of the seductiveness of evil and the self-destructive nature of depravity.

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