Boyz n the Hood

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Universal acclaim- based on 104 Ratings

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  • Summary: Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.), is a teen caught between the steady, forceful guidance of his father, Furious (Laurence Fishburne), and the inescapable violence of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Remarkable. [22 July 1991]
  4. 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.
  5. It will often tear at the heart too -- at least, when it doesn't feel like the rap equivalent of a classroom lecture.
  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. 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.

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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 Collapse
  2. Nov 7, 2010
    10
    Devastatingly realistic, but handled deftly. The characters aren't just devices used to propel some preachy, self-righteous message: theyDevastatingly 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
    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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  4. Shane
    Jan 10, 2006
    9
    This movie shows a good way of how life is in the hood! Good actors.
  5. 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. Expand
  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 fromGreat 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
    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,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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