Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Production biggies have brought some truly tasty heat rockets to the table, nearly rendering Game's well-studied, adaptable flow an afterthought. [28 Jan 2005, p.82]
  2. The end result is a rich, triumphant sonic tapestry; you can hear every dollar that went into it.
  3. 83
    Almost lives up to the hype. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  4. For something so obviously and deeply grounded in marketing, it’s still an outstandingly solid and enjoyable debut.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Feb 4, 2012
    This is a classic album. hip-hop needs people like The Game To revive hip-hop and the westcoast. The Game is on a mission to bring back West Coast back to fame and he's going to do it if he creates classics like The Documentary & L.A.X. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    the beats are very good, the game also does a very good job on this album, easily his best album ever. mostly thanks to 50 cent and dr dre working on this album Full Review »
  3. MusicLover
    Oct 21, 2007
    As far as hip-hop, this album was one of the best of 2005 (along with Be). It's got that West Coast feel to it, but the beat's aren't all similar. One thing I love about Game is the amount of detail & wordplay he feeds into the mic. It's a great album. Full Review »