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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: Amidst the 1980s drug scene in Harlem, a young native (Harris) builds an illegal empire only to have a crisis of conscience.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. It's good, hard-edged stuff, violent and a bit exploitative but also nicely done, morally alert and street-smart.
  2. An unpretentious, sociologically pointed slice of life.
  3. 63
    Apart from the slightly sanitized look of Reagan-era Harlem, this raw ghetto drama rings true, from the smooth dialogue to the unaffected performances of the central actors.
  4. 60
    A vivid telling of a familiar story -- the rise and fall of a street criminal -- bolstered by exceptional performances and a clear-eyed take on the economics of dealing and the pathology of ghetto fabulousness.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The only victims in Paid in Full are the dealers and their families -- and the only word for that is one this paper can't print.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    Begins as a serious, straightforward account of the origins of the cocaine trade and "gangsta" culture in 1980s Harlem, but then downward spirals due to a weak plot and gratuitous violence.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    10
    As superficial as his 1999 short film "True," the inspiration for Budweiser's "Whassup?" commercials, Charles Stone III's feature debut is set in a 1986 Harlem that doesn't look much like anywhere in New York.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. erasmoe
    Jul 12, 2006
    10
    This movie made me buy the game over documentary as soon as i saw it. This movie was off the hook. Im even trying to get the f.e.d.s. mag. This movie made me buy the game over documentary as soon as i saw it. This movie was off the hook. Im even trying to get the f.e.d.s. mag. 1st issue who has alpo on the fron cover and says he's side of the story. hot movie. Expand
  2. ChrisJ.
    Jun 28, 2003
    10
    Excellent movie.
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    5
    The acting was good, the directing was ok, but at the end of the day, it was the same old "hood" movie. Very predictable, which hurt theThe acting was good, the directing was ok, but at the end of the day, it was the same old "hood" movie. Very predictable, which hurt the quality. Entertaining all the same. Expand

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