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New Jack City Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
Variety
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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1800
Full Review | Original Score: C-