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Hustle & Flow Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 22, 2005
The movie is too corny to be edgy, and too hard-core to be uplifting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
For an alleged indie hit, the film is nothing if not shrewd about audience-hooking and sensory-manipulation
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 21, 2005
If you overlook the f-bombs and the drug deals, Hustle & Flow is peddling the same easy-path-to-riches-and-romance story Danielle Steel keeps cranking out.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 11, 2005
Subtly glosses over the most despicable elements of [its] protagonist's behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric D. Snider
April 20, 2005
The movie as a whole feels self-consciously 'important,' as if it's trying too hard to be a rising-up-from-the-streets story as powerful as 8 Mile was.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
July 20, 2005
If the film wasn't teetering enough on the edge of formula for the first two acts, it sinks like a stone into absurdity when tempers flare and guns are drawn for the finale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 21, 2005
Never moves beyond its own clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 22, 2005
Hustle & Flow promises gritty street drama but delivers Pretty Woman with crunk instead of Roxette.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 21, 2005
The rest of the film sinks, hinging as it does on a creaky formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
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
Susan Granger
July 30, 2005
Filled with obscenities, it's abusive, abrasive - sexist and misogynistic - made memorable only by Terrence Howard's audacious, star-making turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 21, 2005
Craig Brewer's first feature film is a volatile mixture of slickness and sincerity, hard-edged naturalism and sheer show-business hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 22, 2005
Some will rightly find it corny, absurd, and an insultingly limited presentation of options for the most disenfranchised African-Americans: I'm still waiting for the movie fantasy about the pimp who wants to get his GED.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J.D. Considine
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2005
While the plot avoids the most obvious happy-ending clichés, it stays unnecessarily close to the pimps 'n hos mythology of crunk hits, and that's particularly discomfiting if you happen to believe that women are people, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 22, 2005
Howard's work as Djay is sort of dazzling, but his character's unrelentingly selfish behavior makes audience identification an uphill battle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 2, 2005
Like DJay, Brewer exhibits talent for what he does, but too much of it is in service of hogwash.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jackie K. Cooper
July 25, 2005
The acting talent of the cast far exceeds the entertainment level of the movie
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 6/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 29, 2005
Even though Brewer panders to inner-city mythology, I suspect most African-American audiences will see right through this whitewash.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 25, 2005 impressive performance by Terrence Howard, but the story is so seamy and the characters so unpleasant that it makes for a less than satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
August 25, 2005
We're clearly meant to sympathize with his plight-being 'stuck' in this miserable lifestyle, being played by Skinny Black, having gone nowhere-but why exactly should we care?
Full Review | Original Score: 38/100
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