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  • Summary: In the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, one of America's favorite tourist attractions lies one of her poorest counties, The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For Police officer Rudy Yellow Lodge, the painful legacy of Indian existence is brought home every night as he locks up drunk and disorderlyIn the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, one of America's favorite tourist attractions lies one of her poorest counties, The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For Police officer Rudy Yellow Lodge, the painful legacy of Indian existence is brought home every night as he locks up drunk and disorderly Indians, which frequently includes his own alcoholic brother, Mogie. (First Look Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. This is a film about anger, shame and helplessness, and it offers no answers, merely hard questions and angry challenges.
  2. Graham Greene ("Dances With Wolves") in one of the year's best performances, he's a fully dimensional character: pathetic and shrewd, tragic and bitterly funny.
  3. 75
    To see this movie is to understand why the faces on Mount Rushmore are so painful and galling to the first Americans. The movie's final image is haunting.
  4. 70
    Greene delivers a wrenching performance, and like "Smoke Signals," the film ends with a cathartic, triumphant flourish.
  5. Its strength is the documentary-textured depiction of Native Americans in their social environment. Its weakness is a story that's a patchy combination of soap opera, low-tech magic realism and, at times, ploddingly sociological commentary.
  6. Eyre offers a merciless, affecting portrait of reservation life, but his relevant themes eventually wash away in a sea of unnecessary sentimentality.
  7. 20
    Good intentions or not, ineptitude and cloying sentimentality don't do anybody any favors.

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