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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 71
  2. Negative: 1 out of 71
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  1. 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 the streets. It is one of the best gangster films of all time.
  2. Feb 14, 2014
    7
    A very funny but also very heartfelt and true inside look at the black culture of America in the early 90's. Brilliant performances, especially from Laurence Fishburne, and a gripping plot make Boyz In The Hood hugely enjoyable and one of the most realistic comedies ever.
  3. 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 high school life with temptations outside. Wonderful film
  4. Jun 5, 2013
    8
    Great acting with great directing helped produce this realistic depiction of life in the hood. It certainly has its flaws and is far from perfect (for example, the beginning is pretty slow), but regardless, it is definitely a movie that people need to see if they haven't already.
  5. 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 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
    ''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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  6. May 7, 2013
    9
    Great film. A story which anyone (any race) can ID with. Wanting the best for your child, teaching the best you can while staying away from straying influences. Then flash forward to see the differences in the "finished product." Although watching the film now, it seems a little outdated. The only negative about this film is that the director (who has not really put anything together worthGreat film. A story which anyone (any race) can ID with. Wanting the best for your child, teaching the best you can while staying away from straying influences. Then flash forward to see the differences in the "finished product." Although watching the film now, it seems a little outdated. The only negative about this film is that the director (who has not really put anything together worth mentioning since this film) acts like he changed the world with this film. Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2012
    8
    This is a very good representation of the hood, these actors must know a thing or two about it because they gave us an excellent performance, very good script, and location. It has its flaws but it delivers a decent movie but it's definitely not a 10, maybe a 7.5 - 8.
  8. Nov 7, 2010
    10
    Devastatingly realistic, but handled deftly. The characters aren't just devices used to propel some preachy, self-righteous message: they elicit true emotions in the viewer and provide faces to what a lot of people had ignored.
  9. EdR.
    Jul 7, 2006
    10
    A great movie. One question though: is South Central LA still like this? I remember in Michael Moore's film "Bowling for Columbine" how he and another white man (a professor I think) basically pour scorn on the idea that Compton is some kind of war zone. I wonder what a modern day African American kid would say?
  10. Shane
    Jan 10, 2006
    9
    This movie shows a good way of how life is in the hood! Good actors.
  11. SusanC.
    Sep 9, 2005
    10
    Very realistic to what goes on in other areas of real peoples lives that people take for grated and do not believe things like this really existent. "but it does" Very positive message!!!! Great film!!!
  12. SavanahL.
    May 24, 2005
    9
    I think this movie was a great depiction of a ghetto drama like what goes on in my neighborhood sheepshead bay.
  13. AnthonyV.
    Dec 27, 2004
    10
    Best Movie Ever!!!
  14. DanielT.
    Sep 19, 2004
    9
    Very very realistic.
  15. FernandoG.
    Nov 24, 2003
    10
    Increase the peace. Watch this film.
  16. LisaR.
    May 7, 2003
    10
    This movie is very realistic.
  17. GilbertMulroneycakesAndTheTempleOfDoom
    Nov 26, 2002
    10
    You know, some call it preachy? Preachy. Well, it makes a significant social point in a devastatingly powerful way; I suppose that could constitute preachiness, if you're formed out of concrete. And are a cretin.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Yes, the denouement is disturbing, but it is rather too calculatedly so, and too insistently underlined by an overly sentimental Stanley Clarke score. [12 July 1991]
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]
  3. It will often tear at the heart too -- at least, when it doesn't feel like the rap equivalent of a classroom lecture.