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Straight Outta Compton (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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
R (for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Corey Hawkins
as Dr. Dre
Aldis Hodge
as MC Ren
Neil Brown, Jr.
as DJ Yella
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
Aeriel Miranda
as LaVetta
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
Marcc Rose
as Tupac
Andrew Borba
as Journalist
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
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
Jody Burks
as Big Dude
Scott Endicott
as Tour Bus Driver
Greg Collins
as Joe Louis Police
Mark Sherman
as Jimmy Lovine
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
Michael W. Broomer
as Bus Driver
Zee James
as Tasha
Simon Rhee
as Korean Store Owner
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Critic Reviews for Straight Outta Compton

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (44)

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.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2015
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Straight Outta Compton is so beholden to the appeasement of so many artists and legacies and estates that none of it coheres as a movie.

Full Review… | August 14, 2015
Top Critic

While no one will mistake this for a protest film-there are too many pool parties-the movie's portrait of a militarized police force all too eager to assault young black men can't help but resonate in our own moment.

Full Review… | August 14, 2015
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Straight Outta Compton


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

Going into Straight Outta Compton I already had a general idea of the history of N.W.A. I'm not a gangsta rap fan, but I was transitioning between childhood and angry teenager during the same time as their run and I watched MTV. I remembered the riots (there were always riots back then, no matter the genre) and I remember the death of Eazy E. I knew that Ice Cube left and formed Public Enemy. This film filled in those gaps. This is your straight forward biopic and what's most striking about it is the how the themes that have played out throughout the annals of music history continued to play out. As a whole, N.W.A. was a great unit that is torn apart by the oldest reason in the record business: money. And it's not them fighting each other for it (not quite), but how yet another group of young stars is manipulated into giving up their rights because they're naïve, while the agent or promoter, or the record executive lives high on the hog. That's the typical story, but the layer that sits on top of that is the environment these guys came from and how they expressed it in their music, even to the point of having to take knocks from the police and competitors. The weight of this brave new world of gangster rap was on the shoulders of these young men. I'm kind of leery when your subject matter is the producing the film and I think there were a few tid bits that were glossed over, but overall Straight Outta Compton is a great film that details the birth of a new art form as it shows us the business as usual attitudes of the industry.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

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

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