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  • Summary: Three young Native Americans—an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual—strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
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  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Nov 5, 2014
    80
    Freeland does a fine job, waiting for her characters to converge in a way that doesn't feel overly forced, though there is a bit of that "Crash" tidiness in how things fall together. Still, the film is moving and human.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Feb 19, 2015
    75
    Drunktown’s Finest shouldn’t be viewed simply as an anthropological curiosity, though, but as the promising debut of a gifted filmmaker who wants to show the beating and hurting hearts of the people behind the headlines.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 30, 2014
    60
    While Freeland's plotting is graceful, there are occasional moments of stiffness in the dialogue itself, brief rough patches her largely neophyte cast can't fix in the delivery.
  4. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jul 30, 2014
    50
    Unfortunately, Drunktown’s Finest too often suffers from stilted performances and scripting.
  5. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Feb 17, 2015
    50
    Drunktown’s Finest oscillates between servicing banal plot machinations and the beautiful, symbolic simplicity of the culture it’s representing.
  6. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Feb 26, 2015
    50
    Unfortunately, each main character serves as an avatar emblematic of a societal symptom instead of a real person in whose shoes we can stand. As a result, their trajectories are didactic and predictable.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Dujsik
    Feb 20, 2015
    50
    Drunktown's Finest shows a filmmaker struggling to find her voice. It's a whisper here, but we can hear it.

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