An aspiring writer (David Arquette) learns about the rise and fall of a ruthless Los Angeles drug dealer (DMX).
" It's hard to imagine a more disturbingly woman-hating movie than Never Die Alone. "
" Never Die Alone is urban exploitation so badly written it sacrifices any claim to authenticity, with performances so uniformly awful it could be a meeting of Bad Actors Anonymous. "
" What makes Never Die Alone so monumentally terrible isn't just its bearhugging of gangsta flick convention, but its desperate attempt to imbue run-of-the-mill crime with noir classicism. "
" Thumbs down for me. "
" The various stories are strong enough to compensate for any acting deficiencies. "
" If not for the excessive melodrama, lousy dialogue, clumsy acting and generally nasty vibe, "Never Die Alone" could have had the kind of distinctive edge that made urban street dramas like Juice, Menace II Society... "
" The only good thing about Never Die Alone is its rap-retro soundtrack. "
" 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. "
" Has a story so silly, so pretentious, that only a narcissistic rapper with a hardcore thug pose would have the chutzpah to star in and narrate such garbage. "
" Never Die Alone has the allure of a bad traffic accident. You don't want to look at it, but for some reason you can't avert your eyes. "
" Never Die Alone is the first of Goines' ultragritty novels has made it to the big screen. If this is the best his words can inspire, it should also be the last. "
" DMX isn't up to the acting needed to play an epic anti-hero, but then director/ex-cinematographer Ernest Dickerson never makes Never very epic on any level. "
" A violent, would-be film noir that strains with limited success for tragic resonance and gritty authenticity. "
" A bumbling adaptation. "
" DMX has all the charisma you'd expect of a music star, and he uses it to portray King David as larger than life. "
" A flashy but ultimately routine saga of gangsta criminality and payback. "
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