Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 13, 2012
    63
    This is grim, bleak material that at times is monotonous, but its woe feels authentic.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 13, 2012
    60
    Yelling is a prosaic look at a hard life. Like Sweetness, the movie finds its way by instinct.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 13, 2012
    50
    It's disconcerting to watch Sweetness, tiny and light-skinned, assaulting Latonya, large and dark-skinned, partly because it bluntly if inconclusively underscores a crucial color divide that runs through this film like a throbbing vein.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Dec 11, 2012
    40
    Little more than a résumé film for all involved, it certainly feels more Park City than Bushwick.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 11, 2012
    60
    Yelling to the Sky drips with a strange but sometimes moving nostalgia for environs its characters clearly want to escape.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Dec 13, 2012
    50
    Perhaps the clearest evidence that Yelling to the Sky is based on Mahoney's own life is that the movie lets its most troubled characters off pretty easy.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 11, 2012
    50
    Strong on texture but taxingly light on narrative.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Dec 9, 2012
    50
    The film avoids most of its genre's pratfalls, though it also shows little interest in transcending them.

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