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Straight Outta Compton

Drama . Music . Biography . Crime

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Actors: O'Shea Jackson Jr. , Corey Hawkins , Jason Mitchell , Neil Brown Jr. , Aldis Hodge , Marlon Yates Jr. , R. Marcos Taylor , Carra Patterson , Alexandra Shipp , Paul Giamatti
Directors: F. Gary Gray
Country: USA
Release: 2015-08-13
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  • David Edelstein

    Straight Outta Compton is among the most potent rags-to-riches showbiz movies ever made.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    It plays like a Marvel superhero movie had Marvel been run by Suge Knight. Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    If “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Semley

    Besides the movie’s weight in our contemporary, post-Ferguson historical moment, Straight Outta Compton may also be the funniest, most exhilarating and flat-out best Hollywood movie of the summer.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Straight Outta Compton plays better when it's outside the box, showing us N.W.A power and the consequences of abusing it. Would the movie be better if it didn't sidestep the band's misogyny, gay-bashing and malicious infighting? No shit. But what stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    Credit goes to smart casting of unknowns in the leads, who click uniformly; a packed script that manages not to feel overly long and social commentary that is timeless.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    One of the summer’s most entertaining and provocative movies.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is one of the better musical biopics of the last 20 years.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jay Cridlin

    More interesting than the hows and whys of N.W.A.'s controversial rise and fall in the industry are the inside snapshots of the industry itself, from grimy Compton clubs to electrifying arena concerts to hotel orgies to studio sessions that illuminate Dr. Dre's creative process.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Straight Outta Compton is a hugely entertaining film that works best if you don’t look at it too closely and just listen.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Both of its time and of the moment, Straight Outta Compton is potent and largely successful, and makes a hell of a case for why this was a story worth telling.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • John Swansburg

    Straight Outta Compton is, undoubtedly, a nostalgia trip, but, this being NWA, it’s one you take in a ’64 Impala with height-adjustable suspension. It’s a loud, stylish ride.

    Slate Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A sprawling, overstuffed, formulaic but highly entertaining story of pop stardom. Full Review
  • Jim Farber

    No movie could capture all the alarming incidents and contradictions that make up the complete N.W.A. story. But in order to stress the group’s most righteous side, the movie downplays their youthful excesses as well as their flagrant sexism.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Buoyed by a soundtrack that’ll have fortysomethings cracking open 40-ounces and recalling a marginally simpler, if still chaotic, time in their lives, Straight Outta Compton’s bark is just as snarly-cool as its bite. Take that, Tipper Gore.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Even with the film’s mild flaws and arms-wide-open approach, it tells a powerful, engaging and compelling story of how America challenged and changed five young black men, and how they in turn challenged and changed America.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Straight Outta Compton reminds viewers not only who N.W.A. were and what they meant, but also why they mattered — and still do.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    It's overlong and sanitized but succeeds in presenting an important part of contemporary American culture to a mainstream audience.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Now in middle age, members of N.W.A. no longer believe all of the hype. They’re in an introspective space, to the great benefit of this film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It all adds up to a terrific, if biased on the side of the winners (Dre and Cube) history lesson, and a thoroughly compelling, very American and utterly modern musical biography.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The performances are terrific, and when it’s on its game, which is often, Straight Outta Compton is an explosive look at the creation of a message that had to be delivered by the only people who could deliver it, a message that is, unfortunately, as timely now as when we first heard it.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Donnell Alexander

    Despite Straight Outta Compton’s energetic acting and Gray’s capture of in-studio Eureka! moments, it never manages to transcend biopic hagiography, with characters whose names appear in the production credits – Dre, Cube and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright – faring best onscreen.

    Time Full Review
  • John DeFore

    If the movie pushes most of the ugliest behavior off onto side players (like the notorious Suge Knight, played by R. Marcus Taylor), it does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Straight Outta Compton, while often entertaining and dynamic, ultimately feels as if its meant to act as a kind of cinematic trophy to rest on a pedestal that celebrates not only N.W.A., but the successful and trailblazing members who helped define hip hop outside of the group.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    It’s biopic syndrome, this impulse to condense events to hit the high notes, to provide fans with recognizable stories, to essentially act as a greatest hits album, and it sinks the second half of an otherwise compelling, funny and extremely entertaining film with a beat all its own.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    When the songs themselves take center stage the movie works. What remains in the wings constitutes another, fuller story.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    It's most towering accomplishment are its set pieces, which manage to be brash, exhilarating, and even occasionally moving.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Straight Outta Compton doesn't shy entirely from the uglier side of the N.W.A. story, including the claims that their music and their lifestyles glorified thug life, perpetuated gun violence, advocated drug use and reveled in misogyny. Instead, Gray's film owns it.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Alternately riveting and wearying, up-to-the-minute relevant as well as self-mythologizingly self-indulgent — as much of a heroic origins story as anything out of the Marvel factory — Straight Outta Compton ends up juggling more story lines and moods than it can handle.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The partying is as bland as any all-purpose music video and feels more like another script signpost (and audience-pandering) than a serious attempt to get out what it means to be young, black, gifted, fabulously wealthy and much desired. Mr. Gray does far better when the story edges into heavier, more dappled realms.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    There’s way too much inside-baseball money talk here, when a simpler plot—one about a band whose apocalyptic vision comes to pass—would have been plenty.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The first half of Straight Outta Compton, F Gary Gray’s two-and-a-half hour opus about the birth of west coast gangsta rap, is bursting with energy, exuberance and inspiration. The second half is immobilised by bloat and sanctification.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Despite a twisty, juicy and compelling story, there remains a staid conventionality that keeps the political and thematic undercurrents from being explored as satisfyingly as one might hope.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    With a running time of 147 minutes, the film not only runs low on energy toward the end — internecine battles can’t compete with the early excitement of gifted young kids making it big on a national stage — but turns ploddingly sentimental in its sudden focus on Eazy-E’s painful decline, and death, from AIDS.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Aside from these few flourishes of the outré and symbolically charged, there’s little to distinguish the movie from any number of overlong hit-by-hit music biopics of the nodding-approvingly-from-behind-a-mixing-console variety.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    It's clear that Straight Outta Compton is at once too padded and too thin. It's as if the story of these real-life legends was so unruly and dangerous that the filmmakers became the cops, forcing it into submission.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Brody

    Within the vigorous entertainment of Straight Outta Compton is a sharp-minded realism about the machines within the machines, the amplifiers of money and media that, behind the scenes and offscreen, play crucial roles in the flow of power.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Christine Jun

    Straight Outta Compton proves as infectiously entertaining as it is educational thanks to F. Gary Gray's richly textured direction and a thumping soundtrack that confirms rap as the protest music of its time.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    Potent and visceral in its depiction of street life and blinged-up excess alike, Straight Outta Compton delivers big beats of both kinds.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton starts out strong, peaks quickly, and then gets tangled in complications and compromise and falls apart.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephen Kelly

    Straight Outta Compton soars for an hour before spiralling into a bloated, melodramatic mess. Still, it’s worth it for the early ferocity, capturing just how powerful N.W.A really were.

    Total Film Full Review
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