Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    It's all pretty rough going, but even with its microbudget there's enough blood, booty and bling to satisfy fans of the genre. It's also never dull, thanks to Silvera's restless pacing and a great reggae soundtrack.
  2. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    50
    Writer-director Cess Silvera claims he's trying to "show the gritty life of Jamaican immigrants," but Shottas is no more a social-issue film than "Scarface."
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Dawkins
    50
    Gangster tale Shottas feels like a Jamaican "Scarface," offering a vivid slice of the underground street culture of Kingston. Still, the violence is senseless and the plot full of holes.
  4. 40
    It doesn't help that the level of acting in the film brings nothing but accidental humor to the mix.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    There's no social commentary discernible here; merely a rap-video style glorification of the gangsta life, complete with mad money, barely clad babes and that annoying affectation of holding pistols sideways. As to its treatment of women, well, it's not exactly a feminist film.
  6. Cess Silvera, the film's writer and director, doesn't find any of the humanity or inner demons that would allow the characters to rise above B-movie exploitation.
  7. 38
    A slick but dull new shoot- ' em-up from Jamaica, doesn't penetrate the mysteries of high-rolling, high-risk thug life.
  8. 30
    Despite the syncopated score and subtitled patois, this is just another "Scarface" knockoff, with the usual array of bling, booty, and ballistics.
  9. Shottas exists purely in the realm of rasta-music-video fakery.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. TB.
    Feb 26, 2007
    10
    This movie is true about the life of thugs and ganstas. I think that Cess did a good job of portraying the streets of Jamaica to the streets of US. Much respect! Full Review »
  2. Dee
    Feb 25, 2007
    10
    I am a true believer that you can't possibly relate to a movie like this if you have not been thru a struggle yourself. This was an excellent movie. My favorite movies are Scarface and the Godfather series. The movie is not a "Scarface knock off" but it is a movie that some can relate to, action packed, and as another person stated, gets straight to the point. Not to mention the actors are not these Hollywood magazine faces we see in the highlights everyday. Maybe thats why there are "haters". Sorry there are people out there that do get tired of looking at the same faces in movies. Full Review »
  3. PatE.
    Feb 10, 2007
    9
    This move was good, the true nature of the struggles one must go through in order to make it out of the ghettos of Jamaica should be painstakingly clear to people now! Everything you see, really goes down! Full Review »