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New Jack City Reviews

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Steve Crum
February 23, 2008
OK Van Peebles flick featuring Snipes.
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
October 30, 2007
We all know New Jack City is making the right statement on drugs, racism, the system, etc. But the fact is it's not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2007
Though this often plays like a 70s cop show, it became a prototype for the bling-heavy gangsta melodramas of the 90s.
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Variety Staff
October 30, 2007
Filmmakers pull off a provocative, pulsating update on gangster pics with this action-laden epic about the rise and fall of an inner city crack dealer.
Emanuel Levy
September 16, 2006
A cynical director, Van Peebles has style to burn, but his work is too flashy to make sense. This is a gangster-thriller about crack trade in Hralem done as a moralistic melodrama with kinky violence.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a superior example of what used to be called blaxploitation, with Van Peebles piling on corruption and carnage for all he's worth.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 18, 2006
Violent and very engaging.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 17, 2005
...a purely conventional story, but it unfolds in unique and innovative ways, with particularly good turns from its cast, all of which make it a worthwhile watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Weinberg
August 5, 2005
It's basically Scarface with a hip-hop mentality, but it's also a slickly entertaining and consistently engaging crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 5, 2005
The movie was advertised (no doubt wisely) as a slam-bang action adventure, but in fact it's a serious, smart film with an impact that lingers after the lights go up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint Morris
July 11, 2003
Boasts some of the best performances of the early 90's...Ice T is a revelation
| Original Score: 3/5
Richard Luck
May 24, 2003
It's still entertaining, but New Jack City now feels about as edgy as an old razor. And it's just as disposable.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film's use of once-imposing, now-crumbling New York architecture is particularly effective in underscoring the story with an air of widespread urban decay.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
One gets the feeling that a lot of the meaning of this film ended up on the cutting room floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 10, 2003
LA in the early 90s - heady stuff in this fairly accurrate representation.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Van Peebles wanted to tell this story; his heart is in it, and it's got a killer beat.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Mario Van Peebles's drugland feature, a relentless, hold-on-to-your-hat experience, rarely lets up.
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The filmmakers pull out the stops to get their message across.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Michael Dequina
December 29, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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