Rites of PassageClosed Captioning
W. Peter Iliff
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Nathan (Ryan Donowho), an anthropology student, invites a few of his classmates and their professor to his family’s abandoned ranch—once a sacred Chumash burial ground—to recreate an ancient ceremony. There they meet Nathan’s psychotic older brother Benny (Wes Bentley) and drug fueled Delgado (Christian Slater). The students then embark on a rite of passage that no one will ever forget.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "R" is not about justice or redemption. You couldn't even call it a protest film about prison conditions, but it is very well made and persuasively acted.
Fresh: The helmers employ claustrophobic closeups to mirror the experience of an inmate arriving at the harsh institution and finding his options limited by more than just locked doors.
Fresh: Directors-screenwriters Lindholm and Noer are careful not to let the audience know more than their protagonist does, keeping them in the nerve-wrecking state of uncertainty and fear.
Fresh: Who knows better about prison life than someone who has experienced it firsthand?