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Hustle & Flow Reviews

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September 24, 2010
Of all the exuberantly built-up beats, Taraji P. Henson's beautifully shocked and elated response to unexpectedly forming the nucleus of "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" gives "Hustle" its soul and won that song an Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 5, 2009
For an alleged indie hit, the film is nothing if not shrewd about audience-hooking and sensory-manipulation
December 7, 2007
Edgy camerawork fails to distract from the fact that Hustle & Flow -- a hit a Sundance -- is about as edgy as the crust on Mom's apple pie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2007
Howard redeems this lumpy fantasy. Soft-spoken and mysterious, he presides over the movie with a dangerous, feline grace.
July 11, 2007 inspiring and ennobling character study in which love and respect trump pure success.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 5, 2007
Craig Brewer has a distinctive voice. He writes dialogue that authentically conveys the truth of real life while also touching on universal themes of hope and healing.
Read More | Original Score: 85/100
March 8, 2007
...fiercely original, thoroughly engaging...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 26, 2007
Audiences will be seduced into setting aside their moral qualms and rooting for this hip-hop hustler.
January 24, 2007
A ghetto fabulous flick certain to generate some healthy debate as to whether it is glorifying or condemning the thug life which is so celebrated by the Hip-Hop Generation.
| Original Score: 4/4
March 4, 2006
Peopled with gritty, unsafe and unsavoury characters from the street scape of downtown Memphis, Hustle and Flow probes keenly into the crunk subculture alien to Australians, yet fascinating and engaging.
February 19, 2006
Merece créditos por seus dois primeiros atos e pelas performances excelentes que oferece.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 14, 2006
Having a dream isn't easy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 7, 2006
Brewer's failures in the last thirty minutes overwhelm everything he got right in the first ninety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2005
An involving and fun tale of redemption with many fine musical moments as well an enjoyable subplot involving the rotund Key and his understandably skeptical wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2005
While never sacrificing any of the hard-knock authenticity and specificity of his characters and their milieu, he has crafted a deeply felt film that can speak to and empower just about any audience.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2005
A great turn by Terrence Howard [and] real sympathy spun like gold from Taraji P. Henson.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 29, 2005
Howard is simply terrific as DJay - he really makes you root for his character, despite his pimping, drug-dealing ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2005
Follows the traditional Hollywood rags-to-riches tale but throws in unexpected grit and top-class drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2005
A perfect example of the manipulative power of a tale well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2005
Great acting and writing propel this fairly straightforward drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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