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Roxanne Roxanne belatedly honors its subject with a gripping character-driven biopic that serves as a primer for a trailblazing career while telling an often tragic story. Read critic reviews

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The most feared battle emcee in the early 1980s in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenager from the Queensbridge projects. At the age of 14, Roxanne Shanté was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend, as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the street.

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Chanté Adams
Roxanne Shanté
Nia Long
Ms. Peggy Gooden
Tonye Patano
Ms. Denise
Jermel Howard
Roland
Michael Larnell
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Michael Y. Chow
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Lolita Shante Gooden
Executive Producer
Michael Shen
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Federico Cesca
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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (9)

  • Left as a footnote in music and hip hop history, when the film is at its best, it's a mold breaking biopic for its subject. At its worst, it's as unfocused as the teenage mind it inhabits.

    August 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Larnell gathers a wide cast of vital actors for a bustling series of incidents that veer quickly from the sentimental to the shattering.

    March 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Adams is able to bring Shant to life, but "Roxanne Roxanne" is so focused on personal details that the bigger picture is rendered blurry.

    March 23, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • A film that breaks the musical biopic mold in ways that are sometimes frustrating and frequently exhilarating.

    March 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Don't worry: There will be rap battles and concert scenes and they do not disappoint. But they are the bass line beat. The drama of ordinary life is what makes this story stick in your head.

    March 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One presumes that Michael Lerner's sense of emphasis is meant to humanize Shant, defining her apart from the fame she achieved, but this stratagem backfires as Roxanne Roxanne mires itself in scenes of speechifying domestic strife.

    March 21, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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