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Paid in Full Reviews

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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2002
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 3, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2002
I'm going to give it a marginal thumbs up. I liked it just enough.
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
October 25, 2002
Needed a little less bling-bling and a lot more romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2002
Rings true, from the smooth dialogue to the unaffected performances of the central actors.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2002
A fake street drama that keeps telling you things instead of showing them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 25, 2002
It does offer an uncommon thoughtfulness that makes it far less exploitative or sensationalistic than most examples of its genre.
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
October 25, 2002
In this bird's-eye-view of the drug trade circa 1986, there's something missing: the buyers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 24, 2002
Instead of a hyperbolic beat-charged urban western, it's an unpretentious, sociologically pointed slice of life.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 24, 2002
Performances are strong, especially that of Mr. Wood.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 24, 2002
It's actually too sincere -- the crime movie equivalent of a chick flick.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2002
An intelligent crime drama, not because of the criminal activity it dramatizes but because of its powerful examination of the forces that drive criminals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2002
Though filmed partly in Canada, Paid in Full has clever ways of capturing inner-city life during the Reagan years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2002
It's good, hard-edged stuff, violent and a bit exploitative but also nicely done, morally alert and street-smart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2002
Lazily directed by Charles Stone III ... from a leaden script by Matthew Cirulnick and novelist Thulani Davis.
October 22, 2002
Set in a 1986 Harlem that doesn't look much like anywhere in New York.