New Jack City - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

New Jack City Reviews

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February 23, 2008
OK Van Peebles flick featuring Snipes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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.
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+
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.
January 18, 2006
Violent and very engaging.
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
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
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
July 11, 2003
Boasts some of the best performances of the early 90's...Ice T is a revelation
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
February 10, 2003
LA in the early 90s - heady stuff in this fairly accurrate representation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Van Peebles wanted to tell this story; his heart is in it, and it's got a killer beat.
January 1, 2000
Mario Van Peebles's drugland feature, a relentless, hold-on-to-your-hat experience, rarely lets up.
January 1, 2000
The filmmakers pull out the stops to get their message across.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 29, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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