Hustle & Flow Reviews

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March 31, 2020
Hustle & Flow certainly is among the emotional, uplifting feel good films that folks love to watch more than once.
July 16, 2019
Hustle & Flow is everything you want a film to be: unpredictable, daring, clever, heartwarming.
November 1, 2007
Howard redeems this lumpy fantasy. Soft-spoken and mysterious, he presides over the movie with a dangerous, feline grace.
April 1, 2006
September 27, 2005
Follows the traditional Hollywood rags-to-riches tale but throws in unexpected grit and top-class drama.
July 25, 2005
It's kind of a conventional story, but it's told in such a unique way and the locations in Memphis all feel very authentic.
July 25, 2005
The movie's ability to sway us over to its lyrics may be its ultimate tribute to the powers of art and self-expression.
July 23, 2005
Like Scorsese scouring the streets of New York, Brewer is so confident, so at ease amidst the crazily calm and lackadaisical whimsy of Memphis' seedier pathways I almost felt like I was there.
July 23, 2005
Brewster's script relies on more coincidence and happenstance than a Dickens novel and yet adoring critics will likely rave about its grit and authenticity.
July 22, 2005
Hustle & Flow suspends you in its spell of mood, of feeling, of climate. It's a pop picture that finds its richness in peeling down to the essentials of good storytelling.
July 22, 2005
Watching as a pimp, a pothead and a pregnant hooker play and sing in a makeshift bedroom recording studio, and becoming increasingly caught up in their determination and hope, it's impossible not to think that this is a part of the American Dream, too.
July 22, 2005
Every now and then, Brewer pulls off a near-miracle with his flinty characters: He lets us, for a moment, slip into their lives -- and sing their song.
July 22, 2005
Unlikely as this may sound, Hustle & Flow -- about a low-down Memphis pimp who wants to be a rapper -- is the feel-good movie of the summer.
July 22, 2005
What makes the picture sail past its flaws is its earnest understanding of the desperation that drives people to regain control of their lives -- and the profound courage required to attempt it.
July 22, 2005
Of course it manipulates us; most movies do. But it does so with such sincere, funky confidence that I loved just about every minute of it.
July 22, 2005
Hustle & Flow has a heart that beats as loudly as the bass line on one of DJay's tracks.
July 22, 2005
So much love went into Hustle & Flow that it almost glows with it.
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
Hustle & Flow is a celebration of crude aspirations, of raw art, of raunch and street and yearning and, beneath it all, family values.
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