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  • Summary: The redemptive story of a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find his voice and realize his long-buried dreams. (Paramount Classics / MTV Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. The writing, acting and filmmaking make Hustle & Flow nothing short of amazing.
  2. 88
    Every good actor has a season when he comes into his own, and this is Terrence Howard's time.
  3. Reviewed by: Colin Kennedy
    80
    As soon as Howard steps up to the mic, the movie crackles to life.
  4. 75
    It celebrates art, hope, and dreams, and you don't have to like hip-hop to appreciate the message or the way in which it is delivered.
  5. 70
    Craig Brewer's sweaty, feel-good story about a small-time pimp and dope dealer making one last, desperate grab at his long-deferred dream is driven by longtime supporting player Terrence Howard's subtle, go-for-broke performance as Memphis mack Djay.
  6. 70
    Ends with a burst of movie-ish mayhem, and then a burst of sentiment, but when Brewer, Howard, and Ludacris stick to the bitter texture of South Memphis failure and success they produce a modest regional portrait that could become a classic of its kind.
  7. Spends most of its 114 minutes on the making of a demo tape. People in a studio, rapping and recording. If you're going to watch that, wouldn't you prefer it to be Dr. Dre, or Lil Jon, or whoever, rather than actors pretending to be their kind?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 50
  2. Negative: 6 out of 50
  1. Aug 11, 2011
    9
    The realistic and believable depiction of Howard's character's life isn't what makes this movie so great. This is one of the movies that is solid in almost everything, writing and story wise but is made great by the acting. Especially Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Hoawrd deliver stellar performances Expand
  2. Jan 7, 2011
    7
    Does well in capturing the creative moment/process of a musician. Encourages to have a dream and work for it, to eventually break out of an unfulfilling everyday routine. Claims to give insight into an average pimp's life. A few magical (musical) moments, worth watching. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    7
    Good movie. Terrence Howard kills it in the lead role and helps Hustle & Flow elevate from your classic hip hop drama to a much better movie. Ultimately, it winds up being a very interesting look at how rappers may have "flow", but they need "hustle" most importantly to make it in the rap game. Expand

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