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THR | 'Wolves' Review

The Hollywood Reporter

Excellent performances from Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino and young newcomer Taylor John Smith aren't enough to offset the narrative clichés of Bart Freundlich's (The Myth of Fingerprints) drama about a high school basketball star struggling with family dysfunction. Combining '70s era, gritty urban tropes with plot elements that would have seemed corny in old Warner Brothers melodramas, Wolves, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, feels familiar every step of the way even while exuding a unearned sense of self-importance.

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