Black Entertainment Television (BET) | Release Date: May 26, 1993 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 19 Critics
Positive:
15
Mixed:
3
Negative:
1
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Though brilliant, Menace II Society is definitely a film to guard yourself against. There's not a trace of softness or sentimentality. At times, the picture takes on the scary you-are-there verisimilitude of a tabloid-TV show.
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Chicago TribuneJohanna Steinmetz
A film of great integrity, assurance and political passion, if not driving plot. [26 May 1993, Tempo, p.3]
75
An unusually knowing movie from filmmakers of any age, both in its coldly clinical viewpoint and assured filmmaking style that even puts fresh spin on a routine police interrogation. [26 May 1993, Life, p.8D]
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]
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]
60
The Hughes brothers' directing compensates a good bit for the story's predictability. [5 July 1993, p.26]