Set It Off (1996)



Critic Consensus: It may not boast an original plot, but Set It Off is a satisfying, socially conscious heist film thanks largely to fine performances from its leads.

Movie Info

The sophomore film effort from music video director F. Gary Gray, Set It Off is a crime thriller about four women bank robbers from a housing project in L.A. Ever since her parents' death, Stony (Jada Pinkett Smith) has had to act as a parent to her little brother Stevie (Chaz Lamar Shepard). She works in various capacities to make a future for him at U.C.L.A. Cleo (Queen Latifah) is a butch lesbian who wants nothing more than to customize her classic car. Tisean (Kimberly Elise) is a painfully … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Takashi Bufford, Kate Lanier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 14, 1999
New Line Home Entertainment


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as Det. Waller

as Lorenz

as Mr. Zachery

as Black Sam

as Captain Fredricks

as Pete Rodney

as Luther's Girlfriend

as Waitress

as TV Anchor

as Detective

as Homeless Man

as Bank Customer
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Critic Reviews for Set It Off

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (13)

Influenced by Thelma & Louise and Waiting to Exhale, this well-crafted Girls N the Hood has social conscience and soul; Queen Latifah gives a career-making performance that should made her a big Hollywood star

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
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Overlong, overdone and overwrought, the narratively challenged Set It Off gets off on exploitation shock and social-conscience schlock in equal measure.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Detroit News
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Set It Off


Pretty decent heist movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

chicks rob banks and then they die

danny d

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Good movie. I love Queen Latifah.

Leigh Ryan

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