Boyz n the Hood

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]
  2. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    Singleton's powerhouse movie has the impact of a stun gun. [15 July 1991]
  3. 100
    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.
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    100
    Flows in a way that seems effortless, following its own path, arriving at its own place. Only after the movie is over are the outlines of its story apparent. I found it impossible to outguess it. [12 July 1991]
  5. Reviewed by: Lloyd Bradly
    100
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    In a watershed year for black filmmakers, Singleton has made the punchiest feature debut in recent memory. Those who complain that Lee's characters tangle up his plots will savor Singleton's flawlessly crafted edges. [12 July 1991]
  8. If people here feel trapped, despairing of a way out, it is Singleton's gift to make us empathize with their hopelessness, and make us wonder, along with them, how long this must go on.
  9. 80
    Ultra socially responsible, sometimes to the point of playing like a laundry list of difficulties faced specifically by the urban black community.
  10. 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.
  11. 78
    All of the major players turn in powerhouse performances, and Fishburne nails his best role yet as Furious.
  12. It will often tear at the heart too -- at least, when it doesn't feel like the rap equivalent of a classroom lecture.
  13. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    70
    Mr. Singleton is a very good storyteller, but every once in a while he stops his story cold with speeches. You can feel the audience lost interest, as though a commercial has suddenly popped on screen. [18 July 1991, p.A9(E)]
  14. 70
    With its energetic cast and insistent street score, it still manages to be poignant without becoming bathetic, and violent without being exploitative.
  15. 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.
  16. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    50
    Boys N the Hood wants to be “The Learning Tree'' and “Super Fly'' at once, an ambition that doesn't seem quite honest. [12 July 1991]
  17. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    50
    Formally, Boyz is just one more old-time bad-neighborhood picture. Instead of, say, Manhattan's Lower East Side in Prohibition days, it's an LA lower-middle-class black neighborhood afflicted with drugs. And Singleton's control of his picture's flow is much less firm than was the other directors'. [2 Sept 1991]
  18. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    10
    Classic movie by John Singleton. Urban story of just that...Boyz Growing up in the Hood. Good kids mixed with bad kids, going through highClassic movie by John Singleton. Urban story of just that...Boyz Growing up in the Hood. Good kids mixed with bad kids, going through high school life with temptations outside. Wonderful film Full Review »
  2. May 14, 2013
    10
    ''passionatte heartfelt''

    ''this is a tue classic movie on what life was like growin up in the ghetto's of south centra LA i love this
    ''passionatte heartfelt''

    ''this is a tue classic movie on what life was like growin up in the ghetto's of south centra LA i love this movie dearly its a film of violence drugs and trying to increase the peace this is probably the only good movie ice cube has made next to barbershop 1.2 the cast is great the drama is perfect and the hole movie basically sais to us all lets all have just a little peace fer once and take a day off from evil''
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  3. Jul 1, 2014
    9
    Boyz n the Hood shows how African Americans to survive in the streets before any of the urban gangster films starting using the cliches of theBoyz n the Hood shows how African Americans to survive in the streets before any of the urban gangster films starting using the cliches of the streets. It is one of the best gangster films of all time. Full Review »