Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    80
    Building blocks of tale are not new, but there's an appealingly rough-hewn and convincing tone to the proceedings.
  2. Amiably unvarnished... Much more successful than most other films that deal with daily life in the projects.
  3. Unlike most inner-city stories that come out of Hollywood, this feels like the real thing.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    40
    Watstein handily directs and edits around his screenplay's sappier elements.
  5. Poverty, capable of stunting lives, can also blight films. A case in point is the earnest and heartfelt but undernourished and plodding Off the Hook.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    30
    The fact that this is somebody's real-life story up on there the screen doesn't necessarily guarantee it's an especially fresh story.
  7. 25
    Overlong and not well-acted.

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