Deuces Wild

2002

Deuces Wild

Critics Consensus

Melodramatic and weighted down with silly dialogue, Deuces Wild is a forgettable, overheated thriller that leaves no cliche unturned.

3%

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Total Count: 75

51%

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User Ratings: 10,298
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This gang warfare drama is from director Scott Kalvert, whose previous film was the controversial and violent The Basketball Diaries (1995). In the sweltering summer of 1958, Leon (Stephen Dorff) and Bobby (Brad Renfro) are leaders of the Brooklyn street gang known as the Deuces. When their brother Alley Boy died from an overdose, the two toughs vowed to keep narcotics out of their turf, but now they're being muscled by a new and more powerful gang called the Vipers, fueled by drug money and led by mobster Fritzy Zennetti (Matt Dillon). As a vicious gang war heats up that will determine Brooklyn's future, a romance develops between Bobby and Annie (Fairuza Balk), the leader of a girl gang. Deuces Wild co-stars Frankie Muniz, Balthazar Getty, Max Perlich, Drea de Matteo, Deborah Harry, Vincent Pastore, Joshua Leonard, James Franco, and Johnny Knoxville.

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Critic Reviews for Deuces Wild

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (73)

  • Maybe if the movie had left all the expensive period artifacts, and most of the hackneyed script, on the street corner and let its capable young cast loose, Deuces Wild would have offered the audience a more interesting game.

    Jul 24, 2014
  • A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved.

    Jun 3, 2013 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • It not only promotes every stereotype and invokes every cliché of Brooklyn lore, it combines them all into an insulting composite, fuses that to the chrome-and-fins of the pointless Fifties, and then -- weirdly -- pretends it's Shakespeare.

    Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture.

    Jun 3, 2013 | Full Review…

    Gene Seymour

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • A flashback to a heroin casualty on a rain-soaked playground is a crucial visual aid, but any punch-drunk victim of Deuces Wild might prefer the needle to the damage done.

    Jun 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie that can't say no to a melodramatic opportunity, and whatever verisimilitude inspired Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale to write a script based on Kimatian's memories of the gangs has been utterly lost along the way.

    Oct 18, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Deuces Wild

  • Jun 08, 2010
    While this movie is completely ridiculous and corny, it's still fun to see Stephen Dorff being the bizarre person he is. There's actually some really good things about the movie, there's some very decent acting from Brad Renfro and Balthazar Getty, but the majority is just a rip-off of various other gangster movies. There's really nothing that hasn't been seen before and the characters aren't interesting enough to make it memorable. Visually it's pretty bland too.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2009
    Not bad, too cliche at times and predictable resolution, but still not bad. I guess it helps that i'm a sucker for 50s retro stuff. Fairuza Balk also looks hot in some kind of weird way.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2008
    An explosive gangland drama, the best film of it's kind since The Outsiders. An electrifying film that explodes with action and a powerful cast of superb talents and gifted new comers. It has style and groove thats all it's own
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2007
    Decent film, decent plot...very entertaining.
    Chosen 7 Super Reviewer

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