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July 17, 2016
7.36 on 10

You get the ground beneath your feet, partner, get the wind behind your back and go out in a blaze if you got to!
½ July 1, 2016
Excellent acting; Less than convincing storyline. Tupac gets his crew in on a robbery then sets about trying to murder everybody. Crazy. Something about standing up by going bad.
April 4, 2016
tupac did amazing job in this film
February 28, 2016
Literally one of my most favorite films from my high school days... I would heavily recommend seeing this at least once.
January 22, 2016
Well done performances as power, and strength consume these young men who are growing up on the streets, and one begins to have the street juice turning from a young man not in control of the crime in there neighborhood as they begin to become the crime including a crazy performance by Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps while being stylistically shot by Ernest R. Dickerson and being pretty well written by Gerard Brown, Ernest R. Dickerson making this a well executed streets film.
½ November 8, 2015
This movie is awesome Tupac is one Hell of an actor
August 24, 2015
i thought it was a pretty good tupac movie
July 25, 2015
the greatest film of the early 90s black crime films. a gem by first time director. Ernest Dickerson. a must see for fans of crime films
½ July 19, 2015
to me this was like Menace to Society meets Boyz in the hood but all it really lacked was a direction like they never really do anything in this movie
½ May 8, 2015
The best part of the movie is the charm in the first half. The second half descends into craziness too quickly and it doesn't feel real. Tupac is a bit too giddy in the first half, but he plays a good nutter in the second half.
½ April 6, 2015
As solid a movie as their was in '92....story,acting and direction are just some of this great tapestry.
April 2, 2015
4friends skip school alot
½ March 25, 2015
'Juice' will clench you from the beginning, and hold tight until the dramatic end. Epps and the late Shakur shine in this gang-induced thriller. It's a captivating movie, and the culminating scenes are some of the best you'll see in the genre.
½ March 8, 2015
On a journey of self-destruction, Juice is a riveting film about life in the inner city and how corrupting of a lifestyle it can be if you hang around the wrong people. Unfortunately for many, anybody they hang around is a bad choice to associate with, as is the case in Juice. Featuring good direction from Ernest Dickerson and good performances from Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins, and Khalil Kain, Juice is an authentic and sobering portrayal of life for those living in poor conditions. Always engrossing, this one really makes you feel as though you are in the same situation as the characters and really makes you feel attached to them in its short hour and a half run time. Overall, Juice is yet another hood drama that does a very good job making you feel the pain and suffering of those caught up in the hood.
½ February 26, 2015
Good soundtrack and above average acting about a group of friends with unique personalities and ambitions torn apart when one of them feels the power of having a gun. Ends with a good lesson.
February 12, 2015
A really deep look into the lives of many during this time period in Harlem. There was great acting and the story was okay, but it was really outdated and tedious. It had a few spins and twist and I liked the ending, but it dragged on for awhile to reach that good climax. All in all, not a waste of time, but not a masterpiece in my mind.
½ January 2, 2015
Still holds up as quite an effective thriller with Tupac putting in a great performance.
½ December 10, 2014
Unlike other African American based, gang-related movies popular during the 1990's, Ernest Dickerson's film Juice is true to life. Compared to other films such as Boyz in da Hood and Menace to Society which decorate urban violence, Dickerson visualizes a more realistic view of troubled teens growing up in a rough neighborhood. Juice is a good movie that successfully demonstrates the greed inherent in wanting power from a different perspective.
Juice begins focusing on four main characters who consider themselves "The Wrecking Crew." The Wrecking Crew includes Quincy, nicknamed Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain), Bishop (Tupac Shakur), and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins). It starts out showing their relatively innocent everyday lives surrounded by trouble. The four constantly run into a local gang and get harassed, skip school to hang out at a pool hall, and steal records from the local disk store. No major trouble is displayed at the beginning of the movie compared to the outstanding crimes usually associated with Harlem, New York, such as murder or drug trafficking. The movie is mainly seen through Q's eyes. Q has aspirations of winning a disk jockey competition, called Mixmaster Massacre, and he makes it to the second round. During the down time before the second round, Q and his crew rob a local store and use the appearance at the nightclub as an alibi. The robbery does not go as planned when Bishop unexpectedly pulls the trigger on an innocent person. Things go south from this point in the movie, creating an unexpected twist and tragic ending.
Dickerson does a good job with his selection of actors. The acting by the young teens in Juice help to make the movie so realistic and believable. Tupac Shakur, in particular, played a huge role in the film. He was nominated for Outstanding Actor NAACP Image Award for his part in the movie. He did well portraying the role of a greedy, selfish, psychotic young man. During his interrogation after the store robbery in the movie, he acts like the good guy to the police and plays the part so well that the audience could almost believe he is telling the truth. He has a few chances in the film to shine as an actor and he takes advantage of every opportunity. In one scene Tupac gets into an argument with Q at steel's house and is able to fluctuate his emotions well, he begins happy and then begins to be angry. The scene is based on Bishop and he delivers great acting. Tupac does well playing his character, Bishop, who becomes control crazy throughout the film. He craves respect from others and his attitude towards his friends changes throughout the film.
The film presents a real-life problem, the peer pressure by other teens in society. In one scene he claims he is, "Tired of running." He is tired of running from the police and local gangs. "It is time to take control," he states. In Bishop's eyes, gaining power and respect will help to loosen this pressure. The main character, Q, becomes peer pressured into making irrational decisions, such as robbing the store. When presented in the film with the idea of robbing the store he becomes frustrated and yells, "Are yall crazy?" Still, he is pressured into doing so. Characters Q, Bishop, and Steel, experience peer pressure as most teenagers do in real life. Teens who try cigarettes for the first time, or stay out past curfew for the first time, sometimes are peer pressured into doing so. Dickerson does a good job in presenting real-life situations in the movie, which makes this movie different.
Dickerson does well differentiating this movie from others in the same genre. Compared to other movies, such as Menace to Society, Dickerson has a more positive view on these similar societies. In Menace to Society, urban violence is glorified and constant throughout the film. For example, in Menace to Society, the first scene is the robbery of a gas station and a murder, followed by the introduction with vulgar hip-hop music. Violence is constantly present in the movie. Menace to Society gives low income, minority based neighborhoods a terrifying image, when in reality, there is some good in these neighborhoods, light does shine through, it is not all bad. Dickerson takes a different perspective on these type of neighborhoods compared to other directors like Alford Hughes. Juice begins in an easy-going setting. The main characters are shown getting ready for school with motivational hip-hop music playing. The film implements humor to help further improve the quality of the easy-going setting. Only when things turn south in the movie does violence begin to occur.
Ultimately, Juice is about four troubled teens with internal group problems enhanced by their surroundings. It does not glorify urban violence, as other movies in this genre do. Dickerson takes a more true-to-life point-of-view to relay the film's message. The director takes a more realistic stand point, instead of something that you would only see on television.
September 21, 2014
gangsta movie bk in the days
August 7, 2014
Good 90's hood movie rip 2pac
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