Paid in Full Reviews


Newsday
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May 28, 2003

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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November 5, 2002

| Original Score: C-
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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November 3, 2002

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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October 29, 2002

I'm going to give it a marginal thumbs up. I liked it just enough.


Houston Chronicle
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October 26, 2002


Arizona Republic
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October 26, 2002

Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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October 25, 2002

This familiar rise-and-fall tale is long on glamour and short on larger moralistic consequences, though it's told with sharp ears and eyes for the tenor of the times.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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October 25, 2002

Needed a little less bling-bling and a lot more romance.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Megan Turner
New York Post
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October 25, 2002

Rings true, from the smooth dialogue to the unaffected performances of the central actors.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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October 25, 2002

A fake street drama that keeps telling you things instead of showing them.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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October 25, 2002

It does offer an uncommon thoughtfulness that makes it far less exploitative or sensationalistic than most examples of its genre.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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October 25, 2002

The movie is ambitious, has good energy and is well-acted, but tells a familiar story in a familiar way.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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October 25, 2002

In this bird's-eye-view of the drug trade circa 1986, there's something missing: the buyers.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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October 24, 2002

Instead of a hyperbolic beat-charged urban western, it's an unpretentious, sociologically pointed slice of life.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
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October 24, 2002

Performances are strong, especially that of Mr. Wood.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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October 24, 2002

It's actually too sincere -- the crime movie equivalent of a chick flick.

| Original Score: 2/5
Keith Cassidy
Miami Herald
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October 24, 2002

An intelligent crime drama, not because of the criminal activity it dramatizes but because of its powerful examination of the forces that drive criminals.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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October 24, 2002

Though filmed partly in Canada, Paid in Full has clever ways of capturing inner-city life during the Reagan years.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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October 24, 2002

It's good, hard-edged stuff, violent and a bit exploitative but also nicely done, morally alert and street-smart.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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October 24, 2002

Lazily directed by Charles Stone III ... from a leaden script by Matthew Cirulnick and novelist Thulani Davis.

Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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October 22, 2002

Set in a 1986 Harlem that doesn't look much like anywhere in New York.


AV Club
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October 17, 2002