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.
Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing: a full-scale vision of the madness that is tearing up the black inner city.
| Original Score: A
The Hughes brothers' debut is an exhilarating urban nightmare.
An impressive first feature from the 21-year-old twin brother directing team of Albert and Allen Hughes.
| Original Score: 3/4
Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.
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.
Regrettably, the Hughes brothers' first feature is a compendium of clichés.
It makes the Hood seem worse than Vietnam.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing.
| Original Score: 3/5
One of greatest filmmaking achievements of the 1990s.
| Original Score: 8/10
Strong stuff, but the film-making's a little rough around the edges.
If Menace II Society is terrific on ambiance, it is considerably less successful in revealing character.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A more honest and better made movie than any of the other group of films made about black neighborhoods in the early 90's.
A classic film! Introduced mainstream America to the dangers of blowjobs.
An important American film, in the way it's both artistically achieved and representative of a reality.
| Original Score: 4/4
One of the few films to follow "Boyz" that actually had something new to add.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
In the end, it's about life and death, and all the choices we make in between.
| Original Score: 3.5/4