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Michael Dequina
January 27, 2009
Harris and Phifer's chemistry lends the inevitable tragedies some genuine punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
November 21, 2005
"Paid In Full" is not the kind of movie that George W. Bush will ever see.
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 15, 2002
Stone seems to have a knack for wrapping the theater in a cold blanket of urban desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
November 3, 2002
For a rapsploitation film to target and frown upon the darker forces of its nature is certainly a good sign for the maturation of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 29, 2002
I'm going to give it a marginal thumbs up. I liked it just enough.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 28, 2002
Very familiar, yes, but a stylish and above all well-acted tale of friendships gone sour and the inevitable steep price of crime -- a much better movie than it's ever going to get credit for.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 28, 2002
The story is familiar from its many predecessors; like them, it eventually culminates in the not-exactly -stunning insight that crime doesn't pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
October 26, 2002
This is a heartfelt mea culpa -- which gives Paid in Full much of its unexpected emotional power.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 25, 2002
If you saw it on TV, you'd probably turn it off, convinced that you had already seen that movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 25, 2002
If there's a way to effectively teach kids about the dangers of drugs, I think it's in projects like the (unfortunately R-rated) Paid.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 25, 2002
This familiar rise-and-fall tale is long on glamour and short on larger moralistic consequences, though it's told with sharp ears and eyes for the tenor of the times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jerry McCormick
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 25, 2002
Harris is supposed to be the star of the story, but comes across as pretty dull and wooden.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 25, 2002
A standard, run-of-the-mill drug drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
October 25, 2002
Needed a little less bling-bling and a lot more romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tor Thorsen
October 25, 2002
Bottom-rung New Jack City wannabe.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
October 25, 2002
Rings true, from the smooth dialogue to the unaffected performances of the central actors.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 25, 2002
A fake street drama that keeps telling you things instead of showing them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 25, 2002
It does offer an uncommon thoughtfulness that makes it far less exploitative or sensationalistic than most examples of its genre.

E! Online
October 25, 2002
Harsh 'hood reality and good acting? Now that's quite a score.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2002
The movie is ambitious, has good energy and is well-acted, but tells a familiar story in a familiar way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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