Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Apr 6, 2012
    50
    It's a sobering slice of life that puts actual faces to local violent crime statistics.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 2, 2012
    75
    One of the more intimate and revealing looks at American projects ever made; it's assured and empathetic without indulging in fashionable white guilt.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 5, 2012
    70
    A sad chronicle of absent fathers and messed-up mothers, drugs as currency and violence as the period at the end of every argument.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 3, 2012
    60
    A young boy's nonchalant attitude toward having a friend stick a loaded gun in his mouth as well as a man's numerous knife scars courtesy of his beloved wife definitely cut through the clichés about "thug life" to capture how violence is an integral, corrosive part of inner-city life.

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