On the Outs (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

On the Outs (2005)



Critic Consensus: With powerful lead performances, this gritty docudrama about the desperate lives of three young women in Jersey City packs an emotional wallop.

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Three teenage girls struggle to survive in the urban jungle of their hardscrabble New Jersey neighborhood in this fact-inspired independent drama. Oz (Judy Marte) is an unapologetically tough 17-year-old who oversees a team of drug dealers, but beneath her hard shell is a soft heart as she cares for her younger brother who is mentally challenged (Dominic Colón). Suzette (Anny Mariano) is 15, and her mother is determined that her daughter is going to make something of herself -- which makes matters all the worse for Suzette when her boyfriend gets her pregnant then refuses to take his share of the responsibilities. And Marison (Paola Mendoza) is a young single mother who is trying to hold on to custody of her daughter while fighting a losing battle with drug addiction. On the Outs received its world premiere at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Anny Mariano
as Suzette
Danny Rivera
as J Stutter
Lee Brock
as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for On the Outs

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

Harrowing and heartbreaking, On the Outs is persuasively performed by fine actors, yet has the real feel of a documentary.

February 10, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It succeeds, if unevenly.

January 20, 2006 | Full Review…

A work of harrowing, visceral power.

January 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

An attention-grabbing showcase for three promising actresses in sharply drawn lead roles.

January 19, 2006
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The performances are terrific: None is showy or actorish but earnest, truthful jobs laying bare souls in anguish.

January 19, 2006

Documentarians by trade, the directors use rough DV cinematography and no score to amplify their tale's sense of lived-in reality.

January 5, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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