User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
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  1. DangJackson
    Jan 2, 2003
    2
    You people are all saps and apparently swarm to the theater like hummingbirds to sticky sweet nectar.
  2. Ang
    Jan 9, 2003
    0
    The problem with the movie is that it's SO emotional that it makes intelligent viewers want to cough up blood, especially when the little self-aggrandizing boy recites his "triumphant" poem. Also notice how the light-skinned black women are all likeable figures while the darker ones are monsters. The movie doesn't break ground. It shouldn't have been made.
  3. AnnaS.
    Jun 4, 2003
    0
    I would never want to watch this film in my life.The only thing for denzel washinton to do is to fight one on one against spriggan and beastmaster,so that way he'll understand how it feels to be taken out of the list.
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62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Washington brings it off with an unforced and well-earned emotional wallop, and whose strong hand, keen eye, sweet spirit and good taste are reflected in almost every scene.
  2. Has warmth and integrity, but it lacks the urgency of a story that had to be told.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    60
    But there's a vaguely self-congratulatory tone to the screenplay that's a bit off-putting.