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August 18, 2016
Wtf was that ending?! Like everything went wrong in this movie that was a shitty ass movie
½ April 23, 2016
Top Film, Strong performances from all the cast. Chris tucker is quality in this
January 31, 2016
Dead Presidents is proof that movies can be creative with what makes a bank robber, and in this case the ironic concept is that Silver Star-winning veterans of the Vietnam War commit a robbery that turns the country against them.
½ October 18, 2015
wild and whooly heist/caper pic from the duo who did 'menace II society'
½ April 26, 2015
Pretty silly. Chris Tucker was good though.
April 23, 2015
Flails like a film drowning halfway through which destroyed which up till then was a good action thriller.
March 29, 2015
Ambitious but ultimately kind of flat.
March 27, 2015
Masterfully done with good dramatic energy and certainly a classic. Also, a good example of how the American system treats its veterans.
½ January 23, 2015
They had a good idea, it just did not end up well in the delivery.
January 21, 2015
One of the most original crime sagas of our time
Robbanflix
Super Reviewer
January 1, 2015
A drama crime movie taking place in NY Bronx late 60's. The story focus on the 18 year old Anthony Curtis played by Larenz Tate from movies like the popular Menace II Society. He is choosing to fight in Vietnam with some friends rather than college. It was a pretty long war scene in this movie actually along with the crime stuff on the streets of Bronx so its almost hard to find the right genre for this flick. But its an interesting story and very nice performances. There are a few famous faces here like Keith David and Chris Tucker and he is the same as always with the same type of humor. Anyway a pretty good flick to sum it up with a mix of many genres.
November 9, 2014
want to see it again
½ September 26, 2014
Both stylish and poignant.
August 31, 2014
A lot of great movies have been made about the Vietnam War and the after effects it had on the soldiers once they returned home, and while I consider "Dead Presidents" to be a very good film it doesn't join the ranks of the great ones dealing with this same subject matter. This isn't a serious exploration of the black experience during the war but instead pure entertainment, but it is very successful at that.

The Hughes Brothers are exceptional filmmakers, as they proved in their debut feature "Menace II Society", and this is a beautifully shot picture with a talented young cast. The violence is shocking, brutal and ridiculously overstated with the intent of making the movie feel real and it works in the first half. However, it's hard to accept that this young, first-time offenders would be this savage during the heist at the end.

Perhaps the best moments occur before Larenz Tate and his friends enlist, in the scenes where he builds a paternal bond with Keith David and his budding romance with Rose Jackson. It's a perfect portrayal of what life was during that time and place, and the directors know how to find just the right song to fit the mood.

What follows is visceral and electric filmmaking, brimming with verve and energy, but it misses several opportunities to say something of significance. The recent film "The Walking Dead" would be a better choice if that's what you're looking for, but "Dead Presidents" is thrilling entertainment showcasing two up-and-coming directors honing their craft. The vibrancy of their storytelling makes up for any holes in the story being told.
August 31, 2014
Classic "Hood" movie with an oddly disturbing atmosphere to it.
August 24, 2014
It has some good moments.
July 23, 2014
My personal favorite from the Hughes Brothers, a great period piece and portrait of a man's journey through tough times. Keith David plays a great part as Kirby and Larenz Tate makes a satisfying enough debut.
½ July 1, 2014
Interesting blend of post-Vietnam and hood elements.
June 17, 2014
Good movie. Great story, good themes, and great performances from its cast.
April 27, 2014
Dead Presidents is a drama/crime thriller with a great cast, solid performances and characters, a decent main character arc and a respectably disparate story. It's part coming-of-age, part war and part crime thriller. These are all interesting sections of the film in their own right, but they inevitably cause the film to feel cramped at times, and some of the violence is exaggeratedly bloody and unrealistic. All in all, Dead Presidents is a decent film with a weak ending, it's neither terrible or great.
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