Roxanne Roxanne (2018)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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In the early 1980s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden 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 streets of the Queensbridge Projects in NYC.

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Larnell gathers a wide cast of vital actors for a bustling series of incidents that veer quickly from the sentimental to the shattering.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Adams is able to bring Shanté to life, but "Roxanne Roxanne" is so focused on personal details that the bigger picture is rendered blurry.

Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A film that breaks the musical biopic mold in ways that are sometimes frustrating and frequently exhilarating.

Mar 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.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

By shaping Roxanne Roxanne as a character profile, Larnell accentuates his actors' performances and crafts a nuanced community portrait ...

Mar 20, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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In attempting a gritty portrayal of Shanté's little-known private life, Roxanne Roxanne forgets her genius, as so many other people did back in the day.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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