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Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

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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 of events leads to the assemblage of a legal team which gives him hope for release. Expand
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  1. Both the movie and Denzel Washington are knockouts.
  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. (Washington) raises it to the level of importance with an acting job that's one unbroken chain of intense emotion.
  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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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  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 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. 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 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

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