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Menace II Society

Thriller . Crime . Action . Drama

Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.

Actors: Jullian Roy Doster , Khandi Alexander , Reginald Ballard , Toshi Toda , June Kyoto Lu , Samuel L. Jackson , Jada Pinkett Smith , Glenn Plummer , Larenz Tate , Tyrin Turner
Directors: Albert Hughes , Allen Hughes
Country: USA
Release: 1993-05-26
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  • Peter Travers

    Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    As well-directed a film as you'll see from America this year, an unsentimental and yet completely involving story of a young man who cannot see a way around his fate.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Brad Laidman

    The film is one chillingly authentic scene after another... In the end it's more of a war movie than "Saving Private Ryan" ever was.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Leonard Klady

    Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Menace II Society has a devastating impact. Few films possess the power to keep an audience sitting in stunned silence after the end credits begin rolling, but this is one of them.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    May just be the best in its genre… Entertainment and radical street preaching, all rolled into one. If it tells black kids not to try this at home, it also revels cinematically in blam-blam-you're-dead. This is what makes the movie maddening -- and what gives it strength.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    As uncomfortable as it is to have your nose shoved in this nightmare, its unforgettable in its violent lyricism and the bloody power of its message.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    More acutely than any movie before, it gives cinematic expression to the hot-tempered, defiantly nihilistic ethos that ignites gangster rap.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    This shocking, violent, and unsentimental (albeit sensationalized) drama about a second-generation drug dealer (Turner) and the callous world he lives in, produced by "To Sleep With Anger's" Darin Scott, is terrifically acted.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Staff (Non Credited)

    It lacks the vision, and the fully defined characters, of "Boyz (in the Hood)." Tyrin never becomes more than the sum of his conflicting impulses--he's a composite sample of a social group rather than a fully-fledged individual.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    It sets some sort of record for use of the expressions "nigga" and "muthafucka".

    Empire Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Because the society in Menace II Society is boxed in sociologically, the picture (for all its strengths) is boxed in esthetically. Already, this genre is beginning to seem as much a victim as the victims it portrays.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Hal Hinson

    Though brilliant, Menace II Society is definitely a film to guard yourself against. There's not a trace of softness or sentimentality. At times, the picture takes on the scary you-are-there verisimilitude of a tabloid-TV show.

    Washington Post Full Review
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