Straight Outta Compton

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Straight Outta Compton is a biopic that's built to last, thanks to F. Gary Gray's confident direction and engaging performances from a solid cast.



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In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. -- (C) Universal Pictures

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Paul Giamatti
as Jerry Heller
Elena Goode
as Nicole Threatt
Keith Powers
as Tyree Crayton
R. Marcos Taylor
as Suge Knight
Joshua Brockington
as Young Warren G
Sheldon Smith
as Warren G
Lisa Renee Pitts
as Verna Griffin
Angela Gibbs
as Doris Jackson
Bruce Beatty
as Hosea Jackson
Corey Reynolds
as Lonzo Williams
Tate Ellington
as Bryan Turner
F. Gary Gray
as Greg Mack
Andrew Borba
as Journalist
Mark Sherman
as Jimmy Iovine
Matt Corboy
as Journalist
Larry Sullivan
as Journalist
Deborah Lacey
as Journalist
Kofi Siriboe
as Block Dude
Orlando Brown
as Block Dude
Matthew Boylan
as LAPD Crash Cop
Chic Daniel
as LAPD Crash Cop
Tim Connolly
as LAPD Cop
Cris D'Annunzio
as Uniform Cop
Dan Wells
as Uniform Cop
Justin Goslee
as Doo To's Security Guard
Al Wexo
as Officer
Marcus Callender
as HBO Rapper
Vaughn Wilkinson
as HBO Rapper
Dean Cameron
as Capitol Records Executive
Mark Thomas Holguin
as Torrance Cop
Sky Soleil
as Torrance Cop
Inny Clemons
as Officer Rauch
Jody Burks
as Big Dude
Scott Endicott
as Tour Bus Driver
Greg Collins
as Joe Louis Police
Rob Brownstein
as CNN Journalist
Water L
as Guy with Dog
Nigel Lawes
as Chillin' Cop
Lazarus Guidry
as Poor Bastard
Ariel Rogers
as Goon Girl
Lafrazia D. Knighten
as Suge's Pit Handler
Ashley Stepteau
as Street Interviewee
Christian Brown
as Street Interviewee
Ebony Randall
as Street Interviewee
John Prosky
as Young Doctor
Derrick McMillon
as Ron Sweeney
Rob Nagle
as LAPD Westwood
Travis Nicholson
as Georgia Officer
Todd Quillen
as Alabama Officer
Matthew Downs
as Missouri Officer
Leo Stallworth
as News Reporter
Joy Benedict
as News Reporter
Thomas Q. Jones
as Large Man
Toni Duclottni
as Menage Girl
Phedra Syndelle
as Menage Girl
Zee James
as Tasha
Simon Rhee
as Korean Store Owner
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Critic Reviews for Straight Outta Compton

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (47)

It's far from being a full and frank account.

Sep 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It twists the volume dial clockwise.

Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The core of the story is business, the object is power, and the quirks of desire and twists of the unconscious are given no place in the struggle-which the movie sharply carries ahead to the present day.

Aug 24, 2015 | Full Review…

It's very easy to imagine sing-along showings cropping up for years to come.

Aug 21, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This movie about a group of risk-takers should have taken more risks itself.

Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Straight Outta Compton aims to cross cultures and sanctify the wisdom of the street-to make a universal underdog story. It succeeds on a visceral level.

Aug 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Straight Outta Compton

I was a barely born during the era of NWA, but I grew up listening to Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac because of my brother. I was unfamiliar with Eazy-E, but my brother gave me a little background of the beef between them. It was a great film I thought and the actors portrayed them well. It took me back for sure.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

Super Reviewer


A very well-directed, provocative and comprehensive - albeit a bit overlong - biopic that shines with exquisite camera movements and amazing performances to tell this compelling story of the three men who popularized the gangsta rap movement that came up in the 1980s.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Maybe it helped not knowing most of the backstories of these characters, but "Straight Outta Compton" is one of the coolest films I have seen in 2015. It is an absolute blast to watch. Having just the right blend between witty dialogue between the crew and the grittiness of the streets, this film pulls off much more than I thought it would. My only complaint about this picture is that it visibly skips over life events, even though I did not know their stories, which felt obvious. That actually works in the films favour though, as the pacing of this film is great, which it definitely needed due to it's lengthy running time. I bought every line of dialogue each character said, making this definitely worthy of it's screenplay nomination at the 2016 Oscars. In the end, this is a brilliantly directed biopic that surprised me in more ways than one, and one that I will remember for a very long time. I love "Straight Outta Compton."

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

It's a stunning portrayal that starts from the famed-dangerous group and expands to the overall period of the late 80s/early 90s in hip-hop as well as inner-city cultures. Validity aside, Straight Outta Compton is an emphatic biopic of N.W.A. and its impact in various spectrums. The film's vibrant direction, narrative, musical sequences and performances by the members are bits and pieces that weld together to create the hardcore bravado illustrating the essence of the artists and doing it justice. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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