Overwhelming dislike - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 14 out of 16
  1. 40
    A rapper doesn't make the story fresh.
  2. Hits hard and pulls no punches in telling its brutal story.
  3. 38
    Very seriously confused in its objectives.
  4. Normally, I'd recommend a movie like this only to diehard fans. But even they may want to wait until it hits cable.
  5. 38
    Features less than 10 minutes of music in its mercifully brief 83-minute running time.
  6. Definitive modern cinematic eye-candy with all the connotations of empty calories that term implies.
  7. 25
    A vanity vehicle for the dubious acting talents of Pras.
  8. 25
    This misguided gangster rap movie had every strike against it from the start.
  9. Glib, sense-numbing action fantasy.
  10. 20
    The staging and performances are awkward, the frequent shoot-outs a snore.
  11. Deteriorates into a gory shoot-'em-up gangster movie with a quick-fix ending that leaves many threads dangling. It could have been something more.
  12. 10
    This awkward fable of ghetto redemption mixes painfully earnest message-delivery with occasional scenes of brutal violence.
  13. 10
    Gormless, gutless little home movie.
  14. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Flawed at its very core.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Patently absurd in both the details and larger aspects, the ultraserious pic is undermined by poor casting.

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