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The Outside Story (2020)



Critic Consensus: A refreshingly optimistic look at urban community life, The Outside Story is further distinguished by a layered leading performance from Brian Tyree Henry.

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Brian Tyree Henry takes on his first big screen lead role as Charles Young, a broken-hearted video editor. Perceiving a betrayal of trust as a sign his girlfriend Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green) is leaving him, Charles preemptively blows up his relationship and sequesters himself at home. The fates do not comply and Charles locks himself out of his apartment. Stumbling into a transformational, timely odyssey exploring his community, Charles meets a dynamic ensemble of previously avoided neighbors (including Sunita Mani, Olivia Edward and Asia Kate Dillon) who show him everyone's got issues and it never helps to keep them all locked up.

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Brian Tyree Henry
as Charles Young
Lynda Gravatt
as Sara DaCosta
Carlos Jordan
as Calvin (Delivery Guy)
David Zayas
as Tony Carvaggio
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Critic Reviews for The Outside Story

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

Even a bevy of idiosyncratic supporting characters (flirty policewoman, priggish gay upstairs neighbor, older woman looking for romance) can't compensate enough for a storyline that feels like it can't get off its own treadmill.

June 23, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A great lil indie film...and even though it's a drama, it's actually a lot of fun.

May 24, 2021 | Full Review…

It may not be exactly the experience we're going through right now, but Nozkowski's gentle charmer does serve as a reminder of the joys of going out and meeting people again.

May 12, 2021 | Full Review…
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The Outside Story will leave you smiling and ready to connect with your loved ones once again.

May 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Increasingly, some of my favorite films can be described as "Nothing happens. And everything happens." That's this film, and it is a joy to watch.

May 4, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

An absolute showcase for Brian Tyree Henry's immense romantic range.

April 30, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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