User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 95
  2. Negative: 9 out of 95

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  1. Mar 21, 2015
    0
    First off I'm not going to feel sorry for an abusive pimp who wants to start a crappy rap career! This movie was terrible in every aspect especially Ludacris who plays in idiot in every movie he's in! This reminds me of Get rich or die trying we're supposed to feel sorry for a crack dealer who's killing people pursuing the same dream?! F#ck that!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    Howard redeems this lumpy fantasy. Soft-spoken and mysterious, he presides over the movie with a dangerous, feline grace.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Director Craig Brewer has given his second feature film a vibrant pulse amplified by an outstanding cast led by Terrence Howard.