New Jack City Reviews

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November 10, 2017
Whilst not as analytical about the debate on drugs like Soderbergh's Traffic, there is much to think about and take from a still-enjoyable movie.
February 23, 2008
OK Van Peebles flick featuring Snipes.
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.
December 29, 2006
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.
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.
August 5, 2005
It's basically Scarface with a hip-hop mentality, but it's also a slickly entertaining and consistently engaging crime thriller.
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.
February 9, 2005
April 9, 2004
November 20, 2003
July 11, 2003
Boasts some of the best performances of the early 90's...Ice T is a revelation
June 17, 2003
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.
February 13, 2003
February 10, 2003
LA in the early 90s - heady stuff in this fairly accurrate representation.
December 30, 2002
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