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Menace II Society Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Regrettably, the Hughes brothers' first feature is a compendium of clichés.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If Menace II Society is terrific on ambiance, it is considerably less successful in revealing character.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 30, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Unlike Boyz N the Hood and Juice, however, this one is so downbeat and depressing there seems to be little hope for anyone who comes out of these neighborhoods.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Anyone who views this film thoughtfully must ask why our society makes guns easier to obtain and use than does any other country in the civilized world. And that is only the most obvious of the many questions the film inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It won't be a fun time -- at least not in the conventional sense -- but you'll sit through a ninety-seven minute odyssey that won't be quickly forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
One of the few films to follow "Boyz" that actually had something new to add.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2008
Don't let the silly styling of the title put you off; this is a powerful, convincing, and terrifying look at teenage crime in contemporary Watts.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
December 11, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 25, 2002
To be sure, it's in an influential and powerful story -- but it comes off as considerably more shallow than the reality it claims to portray.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 18, 2005
Um retrato impiedoso (e real) de uma sociedade preconceituosa, injusta e massacrante que transforma jovens em ameaças e que, infelizmente, é encontrada em todo o mundo.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's maddening and enlivening. It's brilliant and tacky. It's funny and horrifying. It will gratify the worst elements in the crowd; it will engage the very best.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 16, 2003
One of greatest filmmaking achievements of the 1990s.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
November 6, 2004
Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 17, 2008
Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
April 28, 2003
A more honest and better made movie than any of the other group of films made about black neighborhoods in the early 90's.
| Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
March 17, 2008
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