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76

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: A Watts teenager becomes so immersed in his violent world, he can't get out. (New Line Cinema)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 100
    Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut.
  2. 100
    The film is one chillingly authentic scene after another... In the end it's more of a war movie than "Saving Private Ryan" ever was.
  3. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    90
    Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.
  4. 78
    As uncomfortable as it is to have your nose shoved in this nightmare, its unforgettable in its violent lyricism and the bloody power of its message.
  5. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    75
    The movie's biggest weakness is in the presentation of Caine's grandparents.... The attempt, it seems, is to show a potentially positive influence in Caine's life. But the grandparents come across as canned characters, corny and concocted. [26 May 1993, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    70
    Their instincts as filmmakers override their instincts as moralizers. Menace II Society is best--and most shocking--when it just sets out its horrors and lets us find our own way. [26 May 1993, Calendar, p.F-1]
  7. Because the society in Menace II Society is boxed in sociologically, the picture (for all its strengths) is boxed in esthetically. Already, this genre is beginning to seem as much a victim as the victims it portrays.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. MACC.
    Jan 8, 2006
    10
    This movie is the best movie I ever saw, I was born in Cali but I didnt know it was that hard but that movie was cool.
  2. EMael
    Feb 13, 2006
    10
    The best film that accurately presents what goes down in today
  3. KeithP
    Sep 15, 2009
    10
    This is an great film. I give this movie an A+.
  4. Oct 4, 2012
    9
    this movie is great here's some point about the movie : Menace II Society: is a hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen andthis movie is great here's some point about the movie : Menace II Society: is a hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. It follows the life of a hoodlum named Caine Lawson and his close friends. The film gained notoriety for its scenes of violence, profanity, and drug-related content. Menace II Society was critically Expand

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