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Menace II Society Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2008
Don't let the silly styling of the title put you off; this is a powerful, convincing, and terrifying look at teenage crime in contemporary Watts.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 17, 2008
Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing: a full-scale vision of the madness that is tearing up the black inner city.
Full Review | Original Score: A

March 17, 2008
The Hughes brothers' debut is an exhilarating urban nightmare.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 17, 2008
An impressive first feature from the 21-year-old twin brother directing team of Albert and Allen Hughes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leonard Klady
March 17, 2008
Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.
Emanuel Levy
December 27, 2006
The most stunning feature debut in the new African-American cinema, even more so than Boyz N the Hood to which the coming-of age feature bears thematic resemblance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Regrettably, the Hughes brothers' first feature is a compendium of clichés.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It makes the Hood seem worse than Vietnam.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 18, 2005
Um retrato impiedoso (e real) de uma sociedade preconceituosa, injusta e massacrante que transforma jovens em ameaças e que, infelizmente, é encontrada em todo o mundo.
| Original Score: 4/5
Douglas Pratt
November 6, 2004
Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
September 16, 2003
One of greatest filmmaking achievements of the 1990s.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 23, 2003
Strong stuff, but the film-making's a little rough around the edges.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If Menace II Society is terrific on ambiance, it is considerably less successful in revealing character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
April 28, 2003
A more honest and better made movie than any of the other group of films made about black neighborhoods in the early 90's.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
December 22, 2002
A classic film! Introduced mainstream America to the dangers of blowjobs.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
An important American film, in the way it's both artistically achieved and representative of a reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of the few films to follow "Boyz" that actually had something new to add.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 25, 2002
To be sure, it's in an influential and powerful story -- but it comes off as considerably more shallow than the reality it claims to portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
In the end, it's about life and death, and all the choices we make in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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