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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)
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  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. The feel-good movie of the summer. And the song this pimp works up, about how hard it is to manage a stable of ho's, is catchy and moving.
  3. Unfolds in the satisfying fashion of classic Hollywood movies that strike a balance between grit and heart.
  4. 75
    In Hustle & Flow, a star is born playing a star who's born.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    But while some may leave the theater tapping their toes and whistling the lyrics to such inimitable original ballads as "Hard for a Pimp" and "Whoop That Trick," they should hang their heads low and mourn the sorry state of the contemporary African-American movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
  1. juliafi
    Oct 21, 2005
    10
    Terrance Howard is my favorite actor. Any video or movie he is in wil have all the woman I know spending their Crash, I mean cash. He looked Terrance Howard is my favorite actor. Any video or movie he is in wil have all the woman I know spending their Crash, I mean cash. He looked magnificant in that movie too. He is great in every role I've seen him in. I think it's the eyes. Expand
  2. MarcelaV.
    Feb 6, 2006
    10
    I agree with John W. This is the best movie in years about the American underclass and the authencity of hip hop that captures that reality. I agree with John W. This is the best movie in years about the American underclass and the authencity of hip hop that captures that reality. The NYT, Village Voice and LA times are wrong; I am an educated latina professional and I was not insulted by this film. It revealed the humanity behind the sterotypes of pimps and prostitutes. In a fair world, it would have gotten more attention. Expand
  3. PatrickM.
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    This movie gets better with repeated viewings. Not many movies you can say that about. Even though I heard some good things about it when it This movie gets better with repeated viewings. Not many movies you can say that about. Even though I heard some good things about it when it came out, I didn't see it because the subject matter didn't interest me. Trouble relating to the whole pimp and ho, hip-hop culture. Glad I caught it on cable, because this movie presents more of the universal human experience than 99% of the garbage out there. Far better than Crash, which is unwatchable a second time around. Great performances throughout...I'll be looking for more from Craig Brewer. Expand
  4. DanC.
    Mar 6, 2006
    9
    Sometimes a performance elevates an otherwise unremarkable film to a higher level. Terrence Howard OWNS this film. He masters it. He channels Sometimes a performance elevates an otherwise unremarkable film to a higher level. Terrence Howard OWNS this film. He masters it. He channels the character with raw emotion, much as the character channels his own life into song. The supporting cast is good, and the story is serviceable, but it's the performance at the center that makes this not just a good movie, but a great one. I didn't care for the idea of a sympathetic pimp, nor am I a big fan of hip hop, and so I waited a long time to see it. Now I see why so many people consider it one of the best of the last year. See it now! Expand
  5. AmurabiM.
    Jul 17, 2006
    8
    In the subgenre of artists raising in bad conditions ans fighting against adversity imn pursue of their dreams, "Hustle & Flow" is a gem for In the subgenre of artists raising in bad conditions ans fighting against adversity imn pursue of their dreams, "Hustle & Flow" is a gem for that kind of movies. Besides the intense Performance of Terrence Dashon Howard, The star of this film is His director. We are watching the troubles of an artist for follow his dreams, and, in this case, the mataphor includes the job of his maker. With a sense of blaxploitation perfectly elaborated, intense music and performances and the stunning job of Amelia Vincent behind the cameras, in "Hustle & Flow", you can feel inspired, excitedl, amazed and touched, all at the same time. For me, this is the best rap film ever made. Period. Expand
  6. ElaineM.
    Oct 15, 2005
    8
    Wonderful movie, except for the sappy ending. The cast was uniformly terrific. I hope they're rewarded with nominations come awards season.
  7. 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 aspectFirst 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! Expand

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