White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick

Newcomer Richie Merritt and Matthew McConaughey star in this crime drama based on a true story, helmed by five-time BAFTA-nominated director Yann Demange ('71).

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic, White Boy Rick recaps the true-life story of Richard Wershe Jr. who became an undercover informant at the age of 14 before becoming a major dealer until he was arrested at age 17 and sentenced to life in prison.

2018Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language111 minsUSA
CrimeDramaTrue Story & Biography
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Variety

Variety

press

What ultimately happened to Wershe was a scandal, though it's hard to get too worked up when the movie itself is such a jumble.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Mr. Demange can convey mood and feeling with his filmmaking, but he can't turn Rick Jr. into a viable character and neither can the inexpert Mr. Merritt.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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The issue is not that the film focuses on a white kid, but that it doesn't seem much interested in the black lives hit disproportionately hard by the war on drugs.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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It doesn't turn into another Goodfellas story of crime and irony, [but] isn't saying much about the Reagan-era War on Drugs that you haven't heard before.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

"White Boy Rick" attempts to mine drama from circumstances without succeeding at making any of its characters all that sympathetic.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite impressive performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the film fails to engage or enlighten.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A patchy follow-up to the searing '71 from director Yann Demange, but one which tells a compelling true story and offers a treat of a supporting turn from Matthew McConaughey.

Variety

Variety

press

What ultimately happened to Wershe was a scandal, though it's hard to get too worked up when the movie itself is such a jumble.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Demange can convey mood and feeling with his filmmaking, but he can't turn Rick Jr. into a viable character and neither can the inexpert Mr. Merritt.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The issue is not that the film focuses on a white kid, but that it doesn't seem much interested in the black lives hit disproportionately hard by the war on drugs.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

It doesn't turn into another Goodfellas story of crime and irony, [but] isn't saying much about the Reagan-era War on Drugs that you haven't heard before.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

"White Boy Rick" attempts to mine drama from circumstances without succeeding at making any of its characters all that sympathetic.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite impressive performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the film fails to engage or enlighten.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A patchy follow-up to the searing '71 from director Yann Demange, but one which tells a compelling true story and offers a treat of a supporting turn from Matthew McConaughey.

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