Hustle & Flow Reviews

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September 5, 2009
For an alleged indie hit, the film is nothing if not shrewd about audience-hooking and sensory-manipulation
January 7, 2006
Brewer's failures in the last thirty minutes overwhelm everything he got right in the first ninety.
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?
August 2, 2005
Like DJay, Brewer exhibits talent for what he does, but too much of it is in service of hogwash.
July 30, 2005
Filled with obscenities, it's abusive, abrasive - sexist and misogynistic - made memorable only by Terrence Howard's audacious, star-making turn.
July 29, 2005
Even though Brewer panders to inner-city mythology, I suspect most African-American audiences will see right through this whitewash.
July 25, 2005
The acting talent of the cast far exceeds the entertainment level of the movie
July 25, 2005
Overrated Southern version of 8 Mile.
July 25, 2005
...an 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.
July 22, 2005
What's missing in this self-proclaimed story of redemption, though, is something other than a fairy-tale finale. It's the sense that the filmmaker understands the consequences of exploiting women even if his protagonist doesn't.
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.
July 22, 2005
There's a decided sexist and misogynist bent to the material, no matter how much Brewer tries to convince us that the female characters have been 'empowered' by the music.
July 22, 2005
Hustle & Flow promises gritty street drama but delivers Pretty Woman with crunk instead of Roxette.
July 22, 2005
The movie is too corny to be edgy, and too hard-core to be uplifting.
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.
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.
July 21, 2005
The rest of the film sinks, hinging as it does on a creaky formula.
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.
July 21, 2005
Dolemite and Super Fly weren't exactly ennobling role models, but they were fighting a good fight against an oppressive system, whereas DJay is resisting what exactly? Getting a real job?
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.
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