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  • Summary: In Norman Jewison's moving biopic, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Washington) is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1967 while steadfastly maintaining and professing his innocence. After being contacted by an admiring teenager living in Canada (Shannon), a series ofIn Norman Jewison's moving biopic, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Washington) is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1967 while steadfastly maintaining and professing his innocence. After being contacted by an admiring teenager living in Canada (Shannon), a series of events leads to the assemblage of a legal team which gives him hope for release. Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
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  1. Washington blows you away. To say he gives the performance of his career is an understatement.
  2. 91
    This is some of the finest acting you will see on-screen, maybe ever. Single-handedly, Washington turns The Hurricane from so-so to must-see.
  3. Reviewed by: Morgan Fouch
    90
    One of year's most thought-provoking and soul-stirring films.
  4. The rest of this well-intentioned picture never reaches (Washington's) level of subtlety and intensity.
  5. 75
    Jewison's focus on the Canadians' dogged do-gooderism might have actually prevented a good movie from being a great one.
  6. Washington leans into an otherwise schlocky movie and slams it out of the ballpark.
  7. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    40
    (Washington's) performance is halfhearted, soft.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    i love films based on true storys and this is a great and inspiring film . a story of a boxer the hurricane played by denzel washington whoi love films based on true storys and this is a great and inspiring film . a story of a boxer the hurricane played by denzel washington who does a fantastic job as usual portaying this charicter . its about racisism and a fram up of his charicter committing a robbery and murder and getting wrongfully imprisoned and him writing a book from prison that a young kid who is trying to find his way through life picks up and inspires him to try and do some thing to help washingtons charicter prove his innocense . the movie is paced well and story wonderfully told . Expand
  2. TiaW.
    Oct 16, 2006
    10
    It is very inspiring and i thought it was awesome.
  3. Nov 22, 2014
    9
    This is a great movie. Denzel Washington released several classic movies around the time this one came out. Remember the Titans came out aThis is a great movie. Denzel Washington released several classic movies around the time this one came out. Remember the Titans came out a year later. I don't think anyone could have played Hurricane Carter better than Denzel. He's the perfect choice. I already knew the jist of the Rubin Carter's story before I watched the film adaptation but it was nice to get a visual of what it is like to be falsely imprisoned. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2013
    8
    I have no idea whether The Hurricane was guilty or not (in real life the story was different than presented in the movie), but Mr. Denzel madeI have no idea whether The Hurricane was guilty or not (in real life the story was different than presented in the movie), but Mr. Denzel made his "character" in the movie lively and sympathetic with his outstanding performance. Overall the story is good and rather staightforward, driven by Mr. Denzel Washington's powerful performance. Worth a look. Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2014
    8
    Overall, this one is a very good film featuring a stellar performance from Denzel Washington, as expected. This one is an interesting mix ofOverall, this one is a very good film featuring a stellar performance from Denzel Washington, as expected. This one is an interesting mix of genres, all of which are used very well. In addition, the film is just very inspirational. At times, it can teeter to being a bit too cheesy, but the most part, everything here is clicking. This one is very moving at times and Washington does a great job playing the sympathetic character and really makes you feel horrible for the situation he found himself in. Now, the film does not appear to be an overly accurate portrayal of facts, but as it is a film, that is too be expected. The only thing that really stuck out that bothered me was there were some things that were odd, namely connections between events that were never made. There are not many of these, but they are crucial enough to be worth mentioning. In spite of that, however, The Hurricane is a very well made and brilliantly acted film that will undoubtedly move you. Expand
  6. SeanK
    Jun 10, 2009
    4
    Denzel once again gives us a towering performance in a film that seems to have the right idea but its execution is utterly shot down because Denzel once again gives us a towering performance in a film that seems to have the right idea but its execution is utterly shot down because of the side story or should i say stories that develop. The film has some powerful moments but also so bland and relentlessness moments that seem to leave the viewer wondering why wasn't this film any better?? Expand
  7. TerryO.
    Dec 12, 2005
    2
    The powerful acting by Denzel is cheapened (indeed, rendered worthless and pointless or worse) by a movie that so quickly deserts fact and The powerful acting by Denzel is cheapened (indeed, rendered worthless and pointless or worse) by a movie that so quickly deserts fact and omits big chunks of reality. To say that it is bogus and manipulative is NOT an overstatement. I have done some research into the case and Carter's life and personality. One should consider why the Canadians depicted in this fiction no longer speak to or associate with Rubin. If this movie were "balanced" and told the WHOLE ("real") story it could be a mini-series several hours long --- and be a whole lot more interesting. Denzel deserves a 10+ for his performance, and is the only reason for this "2"; otherwise it is a total "0" for being manipulative, dishonest, incomplete, and opportunistic. It corrodes our natural good nature. I have an interracial family, have worked with and been formally commended by the Urban League, and have bonded with African-American tenants of mine who are underprivileged and given them lots of helping hands. So, put that into the formula before you think I am dissing this movie out of racism. Expand

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