Straight Outta Compton Reviews

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January 1, 2016
The movie has inescapable verve, capturing why its subjects mean every bit as much as The Sex Pistols or Rolling Stones.
September 3, 2015
It's far from being a full and frank account.
August 30, 2015
The young cast are so convincing on stage it's easy to forget you're not watching the real thing.
August 28, 2015
Straight Outta Compton is an unwieldy, expletive-strewn sprawl of a musical biopic.
August 27, 2015
The NWA story is told in the style of a luxe, classic-era studio biopic. And it's scintillating.
August 27, 2015
Gray's camera bobs and weaves around the action like a wary boxer, giving the story an athletic urgency.
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.
August 27, 2015
It twists the volume dial clockwise.
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.
August 20, 2015
This movie about a group of risk-takers should have taken more risks itself.
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.
August 14, 2015
Straight Outta Compton functions as both a compelling, damnably topical political statement and a slickly produced piece of commercial art.
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.
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.
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