Metascore
16

Overwhelming dislike - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 18 out of 21
  1. 38
    Sort of "West Side Story" set in 1958 Brooklyn -- minus the music or competent storytelling -- is clearly not dealing from anything close to a full deck.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    It would appear that director Scott Kalvert never met a cliché he didn't like. No telegraphing is too obvious or simplistic for this movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Daly
    33
    If you put the scripts for ''West Side Story,'' ''Mean Streets,'' and ''The Warriors'' in a blender, you might wind up with something like Deuces Wild, a preposterously melodramatic paean to gang-member teens in Brooklyn circa 1958.
  4. 30
    A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved, including late cinematographer John A. Alonzo (Chinatown, Harold & Maude), who deserved a much better swan song.
  5. 30
    The actors labor long and hard to bring some semblance of reality to the proceedings, but the whole affair has a distinctly faux '50s feel to it.
  6. Reviewed by: J. R. Jones
    30
    Writer-producer Paul Kimatian was once a still photographer for Martin Scorsese, who reportedly encouraged him to write this Italian-American soap opera. Given its tired dialogue, predictable situations, and vicious street fighting, Scorsese may wish he'd kept his mouth shut.
  7. 25
    At the very least, Corman would have remembered to make the movie fun.
  8. Deuces Wild is the worst thing to have happened to Brooklyn since the Ice Age severed it from the mainland.
  9. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    25
    Just about the only things that remotely redeem this movie are the solid acting performances by the principals, who make the most of the one-dimensional material given them.
  10. In its best moments, resembles a bad high school production of "Grease," without benefit of song.
  11. Would have been smart to fold before it let its hand go this far.
  12. Propelled not by characters but caricatures.
  13. 10
    It's so uncomplicated you could go out for spaghetti after the first 10 minutes and slip back into your seat just in time for the last 10, and you wouldn't feel you'd missed a thing, save a rumble or two.
  14. Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture, right down to such clunker lines as "There is a Santa Claus, Ma. He just doesn't come to Brooklyn anymore."
  15. A film that desperately wants to be a music video circa 1983.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    10
    In its overwhelmingly artificial depiction of the street gangs that ruled Brooklyn's mean streets in the 1950s, Deuces Wild draws from a phony deck.
  17. 0
    Astonishing isn't the word -- neither is incompetent, incoherent or just plain crap. Indeed, none of these words really gets at the very special type of badness that is Deuces Wild.
  18. 0
    An endless chain reaction of cartilage-crunching, organ-pulping brawls.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Mar 24, 2014
    0
    This was the worst movie i ever seen. Horrible script, horrible acting. i like Matt dillion, he is handsome man, what was he thinking when heThis was the worst movie i ever seen. Horrible script, horrible acting. i like Matt dillion, he is handsome man, what was he thinking when he decided to be in this movie Full Review »
  2. MattC
    Oct 15, 2006
    10
    Critics are crazy, which is why you shouldn