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Boyz n the Hood

8/10
Crime . Drama
 

Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.

 
Actors: Laurence Fishburne , Cuba Gooding Jr. , Ice Cube , Morris Chestnut , Angela Bassett , Nia Long , Tyra Ferrell , Lexie Bigham , Desi Arnez Hines II , John Cothran, Jr. , Hudhail Al-Amir , Lloyd Avery II , Mia Bell
Directors: John Singleton
Country: USA
Release: 1991-07-12
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  • Roger Ebert

    Has maturity and emotional depth: There are no cheap shots, nothing is thrown in for effect, realism is placed ahead of easy dramatic payoffs, and the audience grows deeply involved.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lloyd Bradly

    The film not only lives up to its "Increase The Peace" subtitle but by refusing to overtly moralise puts its concerns across with astonishing impact.

    Empire Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    The film's strength is that it sustains an intimate and realistic tone. Mr. Fishburne, who is called upon to deliver several lectures, manages to do so with enormous dignity and grace, and makes Furious a compelling role model, someone on whom the whole film easily pivots.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Positive figures--Furious, Tre, Brandi--are rendered perhaps too virtuous, and Singleton becomes a bit preachy in the closing scenes, but an overt "message" movie may be the only appropriate response to the ongoing social crisis addressed.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Ultra socially responsible, sometimes to the point of playing like a laundry list of difficulties faced specifically by the urban black community.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    All of the major players turn in powerhouse performances, and Fishburne nails his best role yet as Furious.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    It will often tear at the heart too -- at least, when it doesn't feel like the rap equivalent of a classroom lecture.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    With its energetic cast and insistent street score, it still manages to be poignant without becoming bathetic, and violent without being exploitative.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Singleton shows some genuine talent in handling character and action, and equal amounts of confusion and attitude when it comes to matters of gender and ghetto politics.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Terrence Rafferty

    Singleton's plot is disappointingly conventional; it obeys screenwriting-class rules. The experience he's dealing with here deserves something more than the tidy dramatic structure that he has imposed on it.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]

    Time Full Review
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