Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    It is a horrifying and devastating spectacle of life gone dreadfully out of control, yet it is also riveting and hypnotic in such a dramatic sensation that you are left breathless by the sequence of events which will haunt and torture for as long as your memory remains intact.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    In the post-Columbine era, Koury's film has its finger on something particularly potent.
  3. 75
    It accurately reflects the rage and alienation that fuels the self-destructiveness of many young people.
  4. 70
    Highly irritating at first, Mr. Koury's passive technique eventually begins to yield some interesting results.
  5. Koury's harsh documentary is likely to leave you unsettled and depressed. Which is, clearly, just what it's supposed to do.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    One hopes Koury will return to this interesting project to flush out the bigger story that continues to lurk just below the surface.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    50
    There's too much missing from Josh Koury's documentary Standing By Yourself to call it a great film, but it contains some undeniably riveting, visceral moments.
  8. 30
    A crystalline curio of dumbshit nihilism shot through with fleeting pathos, Koury's home movie often evokes "The Decline of Western Civilization Part III."
  9. It has a degree of sociological interest, but it would be more effective if the material were shaped into a more coherent form.

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