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  • Summary: Tre Styles (Gooding Jr.), is a teen caught between the steady, forceful guidance of his father, Furious (Fishburne) and the inescapable violence of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]
  2. Reviewed by: Lloyd Bradly
    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.
  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. 78
    All of the major players turn in powerhouse performances, and Fishburne nails his best role yet as Furious.
  5. 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)]
  6. 70
    With its energetic cast and insistent street score, it still manages to be poignant without becoming bathetic, and violent without being exploitative.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    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 Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2010
    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. Expand
  3. May 14, 2013
    ''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'' Expand
  4. Shane
    Jan 10, 2006
    This movie shows a good way of how life is in the hood! Good actors.
  5. Jul 1, 2014
    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. Expand
  6. May 7, 2013
    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 worth mentioning since this film) acts like he changed the world with this film. Expand
  7. Feb 14, 2014
    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. Expand

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