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Hustle & Flow Reviews

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Nick Rogers
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
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 11, 2007 inspiring and ennobling character study in which love and respect trump pure success.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 85/100
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 8, 2007
...fiercely original, thoroughly engaging...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 26, 2007
Audiences will be seduced into setting aside their moral qualms and rooting for this hip-hop hustler.
Kam Williams
Black Talent News
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

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 19, 2006
Merece créditos por seus dois primeiros atos e pelas performances excelentes que oferece.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 14, 2006
Having a dream isn't easy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 23, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Bob Westal
Film Threat
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
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
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
Matthew Turner
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
Paul Arendt
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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 26, 2005
A perfect example of the manipulative power of a tale well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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