Tyrel (2018)

TYREL follows Tyler, who joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn't know. As soon as they get there, it's clear that (1) he's the only black guy, and (2) it's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 5, 2018
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2018
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Consensus: Tyrel uses its seemingly innocuous setup to take an admirably uncomfortable -- albeit occasionally somewhat diffuse -- look at modern American race relations.

Peter Rainer
FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)

Even though Jason Mitchell is quite strong... [Tyrel] goes in no direction at all.

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Emily Yoshida
New York Magazine/Vulture

Silva makes a chamber orchestra of unconscious prejudice and passive-aggression out of his all-bro ensemble, with Mitchell's performance as the violin solo at the center of it that grows from a tentative tremolo to lonesome wail.

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Dominic Griffin
Spectrum Culture

A real groaner masquerading as some kind of fascinating woke thriller.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Tyrel is a lab experiment with no insight into feelings of otherness beyond the blinding light directed at its wigged-out subject.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

A tense social satire that speaks to its moment even if it ends with a fizzle instead of the cathartic gut-punch you're waiting for.

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C.H. Newell
Father Son Holy Gore

Silva goes to great lengths to replicate the psychological horror people of colour are put through often by oblivious, even well meaning whites.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Silva's most political work yet--though it is sly and subtle, the intention is palpable, the emotions elicited all too real, and ultimately, "Tyrel" proves to be a fascinating entry in his body of work.

Odie Henderson

I've seen far worse movies this year, but I've not seen one that left me feeling as indifferent and bored as this one.

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Maria Lattila
Film Inquiry

Tyrel works best as an examination of masculinity and race. It's fascinating and Silva is smart enough to let the camera just observe his subjects and let the audience make their own conclusions about what's unfolding on screen.

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