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. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 104 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 »