Straight Outta Compton

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  • Summary: In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. [Universal Pictures] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    Straight Outta Compton is among the most potent rags-to-riches showbiz movies ever made.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 13, 2015
    88
    Straight Outta Compton plays better when it's outside the box, showing us N.W.A power and the consequences of abusing it. Would the movie be better if it didn't sidestep the band's misogyny, gay-bashing and malicious infighting? No shit. But what stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 6, 2015
    83
    Straight Outta Compton is a hugely entertaining film that works best if you don’t look at it too closely and just listen.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Aug 13, 2015
    75
    It's overlong and sanitized but succeeds in presenting an important part of contemporary American culture to a mainstream audience.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 31, 2015
    70
    If the movie pushes most of the ugliest behavior off onto side players (like the notorious Suge Knight, played by R. Marcus Taylor), it does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Aug 13, 2015
    63
    It's most towering accomplishment are its set pieces, which manage to be brash, exhilarating, and even occasionally moving.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Aug 11, 2015
    50
    It's clear that Straight Outta Compton is at once too padded and too thin. It's as if the story of these real-life legends was so unruly and dangerous that the filmmakers became the cops, forcing it into submission.

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  1. Positive: 61 out of 75
  2. Negative: 8 out of 75
  1. Aug 14, 2015
    10
    I saw it at a Thursday Night Preview. This is going to be one of those instant classics. Five boyz from the hood, who knew they wanted to beI saw it at a Thursday Night Preview. This is going to be one of those instant classics. Five boyz from the hood, who knew they wanted to be successful, who were experimenting with music, and created something that was never heard before. Something that took off like wildfire, and they had no control over it's success. They went from a friends basement to the world stage in a few short years. And how instant success can also be a downfall. This is a MUST SEE MOVIE. Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2015
    10
    Straight outta compton is a fantastic biopic with well rounded character development topped with a story worth investing in the film also hasStraight outta compton is a fantastic biopic with well rounded character development topped with a story worth investing in the film also has some oscar nom predictions im thinking best actor for any main role in this film and best director for F Gary Gary Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this is a really really really good movie! i had a ton of concerns mainly because i was not sure if the acting was going to work i was not sure how cover songs would work but it never was a disappointment. the acting was superb! these guys were crying yelling and were pissed off and i was sometimes forgetting that it was a movie um this movie is not for everyone ok its very sad its brutal and its going to make you fee really uncomfortable sometimes especially with the Rodney king part of the movie its not fun to watch but thats how it was intended and im glad this stuff was brought up they push it to the max here so they can explain what happened and how they became a non violent weapon against all of this crap that was going on in the city of Compton! now i have only one very small complaint being that this movie can only go on for so long meaning this huge story was crammed into 2 and a half hours one minute there broke dudes trying to make a point and half hour later there huge stars its way too fast. but this movie is so good it could be as much of a classic as the album straight outta compton and its worth every single cent. Expand
  4. chw
    Oct 10, 2015
    8
    Surprisingly, this turned out to be a good movie. The acting was very good, better than other movies I've seen this year, including Mad Max:Surprisingly, this turned out to be a good movie. The acting was very good, better than other movies I've seen this year, including Mad Max: Fury Road. The story was very well written (not as good as Mad Max: Fury Road's story but still very good. Whatever one movie doesn't have out of these two, the other movie does have). There's never a dull moment either, and this is worth mentioning considering most recent movies with a time of over 140 minutes are boring (The Judge, Boyhood, etc.). Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2015
    8
    Straight Outta Compton is a terrific journey through the music, and culture of the 80's and 90's despite it's stereotypes. This movie is funStraight Outta Compton is a terrific journey through the music, and culture of the 80's and 90's despite it's stereotypes. This movie is fun to watch, for multiple reasons, but the biggest is the music. While you watch and jam out to the awesome music, you also get to see the culture and society of the 80's and 90's. Besides the music, the acting is also surprisingly good, as all of the actors are given moments to shine. My biggest complaint is the portrayal of police in the film, I understand that a large majority of police in Los Angeles were corrupt, but not every cop was a racist pig, I think the racist cops would have been even more resonating if we saw a normal cop every once and a while, not just a bunch of growling, racist, asses. In essence Straight Outta Compton is a funny, well acted, engrossing, music jam fest, that chronicles one of the more important rap groups of all time, but could have layed off of the stereotypes. Expand
  6. Sep 14, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Despite having all the makings of a classic, Straight Outta Compton doesn’t quite deliver on the promise of its subject matter. The rags-to-riches narrative surrounding the self-proclaimed “world’s most dangerous group” plays out less like a gritty historical account and more of a Hollywood glorification of real events.

    The film is bolstered by nostalgic performances from its actors. Each of the group's members are well cast, most notably Ice Cube (played by O'Shea Jackson Jr.), who bears a striking resemblance to the veteran rapper in his day. The best acting arguably comes from Jason Mitchell (as Eazy-E) and Paul Giamatti (as Jerry Heller), both of whom show good range and presence. The characters of MC Ren and DJ Yella are left to the background, which was to be expected and is justified from a directorial and writing standpoint.

    It’s also worth mentioning the opening sequence, in which Eazy-E confronts a group of drug dealers who are indebted to him. Things gradually escalate, culminating in a raid by the L.A.P.D. which Eazy narrowly escapes. This perfectly sets the tone of the movie and makes for thrilling viewing.

    Unfortunately, many events are either glossed over or misrepresented. The solo careers of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are both included in the plot, yet Eazy-E’s is sorely missing - his diss track aimed towards Dr. Dre and Death Row Records, Real Muthaphukkin G’s, was a milestone for Eazy, as it revealed his individual abilities as a writer, and a landmark of the era. Instead, we are only shown the bitter end to Eazy’s relationship with Heller. Although this works in the scheme of the film, it also undermines its authenticity, and considering the high regard in which Eazy is held today, many will see this as a cop out.

    One scene depicts Dr. Dre - apparently having lost his temper at Suge Knight - get into a high speed chase with police. This is based on an incident that happened in 1994, however Dre was actually arrested for drunk driving. Following Dre’s departure from the group, Eazy-E is shown tearfully admiring a billboard for Dre’s album The Chronic, when in fact the album featured many tracks that dissed Eazy, and the two were in a well-publicized feud at the time. While the film’s writers are allowed some artistic license, these unnecessary alterations give a distorted impression of real events and a disingenuous portrayal of the characters.

    The movie is further weighed down by uneven writing. When Ice Cube is introduced, his school bus is held up by gun-toting Crenshaw Mafia gang members. The leader tells the kids to “gangbang them books” and avoid getting caught up in the gang lifestyle, which comes off as preachy and ridiculous. Another scene where Dr. Dre learns of his younger brother’s death while on tour with the group is also rather melodramatic and doesn’t serve any real purpose in the plot.

    It’s entertaining for the most part, but Straight Outta Compton lacks the authenticity and scope of a great biopic.
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  7. Dec 30, 2015
    0
    You can tell Dr Dre and Ice Cube were behind this movie. The entire plot casts them in a favourable light while dropping advertisements inYou can tell Dr Dre and Ice Cube were behind this movie. The entire plot casts them in a favourable light while dropping advertisements in between for their labels. I also noticed that the movie cast Eazy E as a villain, which I think is unfair as he is dead and can't defend himself. This movie showed to me that Dr Dre still feels cut by the things Eazy E said about him and wants to rewrite history. Expand

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