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September 3, 2015
It's far from being a full and frank account.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 30, 2015
The young cast are so convincing on stage it's easy to forget you're not watching the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2015
The NWA story is told in the style of a luxe, classic-era studio biopic. And it's scintillating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2015
The story of the rise and subsequent implosion of one of the most influential bands in US rap history gets a sweeping, epic, but somewhat partisan treatment in F Gary Gray's explosive drama Straight Outta Compton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2015
It twists the volume dial clockwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2015
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.
August 21, 2015
It's very easy to imagine sing-along showings cropping up for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 20, 2015
This movie about a group of risk-takers should have taken more risks itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 15, 2015
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.
August 14, 2015
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.
August 14, 2015
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.
August 14, 2015
A riveting film about the birth of not just one rap group but an entire genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 14, 2015
Straight Outta Compton functions as both a compelling, damnably topical political statement and a slickly produced piece of commercial art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 13, 2015
A sprawling, overstuffed, formulaic but highly entertaining story of pop stardom and its discontents in which the pioneers of gangsta rap are burnished to a high mythological gloss.
August 13, 2015
Director F. Gary Gray has too big a story to tell, enough for a TV miniseries (or a season's worth of Behind the Music episodes), and you can see him straining to cram everything in even as the film stretches to the two-and-a-half hour mark.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 13, 2015
Brashly winning and unapologetically self-serving.
August 13, 2015
There's some grit at the get-go, and some thrill at witnessing the development of a musical form. But the drama slows down once the money starts rolling in and the rappers' chief antagonists become each other, and maybe their manager.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 13, 2015
"Straight Outta Compton" ends up juggling more story lines and moods than it can handle.
August 13, 2015
Like its subjects, the iconic late rap conglomerate N.W.A., F. Gary Gray's "Straight Outta Compton" starts out strong, peaks quickly, and then gets tangled in complications and compromise and falls apart.
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August 13, 2015
If any film should be forgiven its excesses, it's Straight Outta Compton, which is about the clashes and camaraderie among men whose unruliness sparked a cultural moment that was beyond their ability-and their willingness-to contain.
August 13, 2015
An explosively entertaining biopic about the hip-hop group that brought gangsta rap into the mainstream of popular culture in the 1980s.
August 13, 2015
Straight Outta Compton makes that same thudding power echo in the thrill of a fresh track and the first rhymes from five young men who changed the music landscape nearly 30 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2015
F. Gary Gray's excellent film is as sympathetic as it is bombastic, even when it depicts some of the rough stuff, a lot of the stupid excesses that come with fame, and even some quasi-criminal activities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 13, 2015
There's way too much inside-baseball money talk here, when a simpler plot -- one about a band whose apocalyptic vision comes to pass -- would have been plenty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 13, 2015
Straight Outta Compton manages to keep its sharp teeth despite its adherence to form. The movie doesn't neuter N.W.A.'s story so much as mold it to a familiar model.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 13, 2015
In the small pool of big-budget hip-hop biopics, "Straight Outta Compton" is near the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 13, 2015
The group members' stories are overly familiar to rap fans, as are portrayals of the big bad music industry in general, but that doesn't take away from the film's dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 13, 2015
This movie burns so hot that it's bound to run out of steam. It does. But what stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 13, 2015
It's a story driven by classic tensions: struggle and triumph, division and conquest, group and individual.
August 13, 2015
As enlightening as it is entertaining, as sobering as it is exhilarating, "Straight Outta Compton" reminds viewers not only who N.W.A. were and what they meant, but also why they mattered - and still do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2015
Jackson Jr. artfully evokes Ice Cube's tough-guy charisma. Mitchell's Eazy emerges as the film's most complicated figure, throwing his lot in with a manager who may not have his best interests at heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 13, 2015
Policemen, journalists who dislike rap and Suge Knight will find little to enjoy in this movie - all are portrayed as villains with zero subtlety. But the film as a whole is critical of its heroes' mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2015
Despite Straight Outta Compton's energetic acting and Gray's capture of in-studio Eureka! moments, it never manages to transcend biopic hagiography ...
August 13, 2015
There's little to distinguish the movie from any number of overlong hit-by-hit music biopics of the nodding-approvingly-from-behind-a-mixing-console variety.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 13, 2015
"Straight Outta Compton," F. Gary Gray's biopic of pioneering gangsta rappers N.W.A., manages to feel urgent and alive, even as it plays like the coolest episode of VH1's "Behind the Music" ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 12, 2015
But as a depiction of a time and place, Straight Outta Compton - from its low-rider Chevys on hydraulics blaring hip-hop to police battering ram vehicles crashing into suspected crack houses - nails it.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2015
One of the summer's most entertaining and provocative movies ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2015
"Straight Outta Compton" goes right to the heart of what made N.W.A. one of the most defiant groups of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2015
The casting in Straight Outta Compton is universally pitch perfect, including brief cameos by Keith Stanfield as Snoop and Marcc Rose as Tupac that are fantastically spot on.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2015
The sheer force of Straight Outta Compton steamrolls its flaws. Director Gray, who is from Compton and made a name for himself directing some of hip-hop's best music videos, has given us a movie that feels honest and urgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2015
It's clear what producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are most interested in: the money.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 12, 2015
Vibrant, rambunctious, and as lopsided as a cake taken out of the oven too soon.
August 12, 2015
There's a grittier, grimier story in here, but it needed a different script and probably a different director than the uncritical F. Gary Gray, whose resume is studded with old-school rap videos and Ice Cube projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2015
If you're not a fan of N.W.A, you'll still find much to enjoy here. If you are a fan, you'll love this movie as much as I did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 5, 2015
If you're like me, you'll forgive its more melodramatic clichés and just surrender to its raw, brass-knuckle force.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 31, 2015
It's biopic syndrome... and it sinks the second half of an otherwise compelling, funny and extremely entertaining film with a beat all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 31, 2015
Underneath the gunshots and the battle raps, "Straight Outta Compton" is a fairly conventional movie about a music group, somewhere between hero-making and the honest truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 31, 2015
It loses all its edge to become hagiography for these men. It's as if the cheesy second half doesn't trust the more emotional and realistic first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2015
It does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt.
July 31, 2015
Director F. Gary Gray turns the meteoric rise and fractious fall of rap supergroup N.W.A. into a sprawling, exhilarating Los Angeles hip-hop epic.