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New Jack City Reviews

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Steve Crum
February 23, 2008
OK Van Peebles flick featuring Snipes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Michael Dequina
December 29, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 9, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
November 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 17, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 10, 2003
LA in the early 90s - heady stuff in this fairly accurrate representation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
Read More | 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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