Straight Outta Compton Reviews

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August 16, 2017
. . . the film begins to sag, weighed down with too many beefs and shady dealings.
June 20, 2016
Straight Outta Compton swears to tell the truth, the half-truth, and nothing but the, uh... you know the rest.
May 25, 2016
The self-aggrandising opening is followed up by a self-pitying, superficial final half.
April 5, 2016
Straight Outta Compton has the intangible sense of nostalgia that's farther emphasised by its larger-than-life characters. It's a film that needed to be made. We just wish it would have been made better.
January 20, 2016
Stylish, yet all posturing with no humanity; an exercise in brand control by those who have no interest in exposing their faults.
January 2, 2016
The opening act [has] a level of insight and exciting energy that the rest of the movie, bogged down in plotting, comes nowhere near replicating.
January 1, 2016
It's just all a little too much for a two-and-a-half hour movie.
December 10, 2015
When it lets its music talk, its rage has street cred.
November 23, 2015
...the movie would have benefited from a much, much shorter runtime (ie this is not material that needs or deserves such an epic length).
October 15, 2015
The director seems maybe a little too careful when it comes to putting the truth out there, like he doesn't want to offend anyone. Ironically, the movie is about a musical group that had no problem doing the opposite. [Full review in Spanish]
October 12, 2015
I can't deny this is a serious and important movie, however, if you don't like rap, this movie wont change your mind. [Full review in Spanish]
September 11, 2015
It's a pity the film's machismo and aggro dominates proceedings because occasionally, but not often enough, some involving elements counter the film's relentlessness.
September 3, 2015
It's far from being a full and frank account.
August 28, 2015
For fans only.
August 27, 2015
Early scenes show clearly how NWA's music emerged from the war zone of south central LA in the 1980s. Thereafter, Straight Outta Compton comes straight out of the school of biopic cliché.
August 20, 2015
This movie about a group of risk-takers should have taken more risks itself.
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 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.
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.
August 13, 2015
"Straight Outta Compton" ends up juggling more story lines and moods than it can handle.
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