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November 22, 2015
A good suspense drama with great performances from Morgan Freeman and Christopher Reeve
½ May 16, 2015
Reporter gets into hot water over a fictional expose concerning prostitution. Morgan Freeman is really the only saving grace in this film.
August 20, 2014
How much better an actor Freeman is then everyone else involved in this lacking thriller is too funny.....the movie is 1.5 stars,Freeman's performance is 5 stars.
May 26, 2014
Late release from the famed Golan-Globus production team about a magazine writer who fabricates a story on a New York pimp that gets widespread attention but lands him in hot water when the district attorney feels he based the story a person facing involuntary manslaughter charges. No secret here, but Golan-Globus was always at its best making action films but this is a pretty good one too. Started off slow and I was about to write it off half way through but the second half got good and Freeman is especially strong. I always have trouble seeing Reeve as someone other than his Clark Kent role when I watch him.
½ December 27, 2013
Struggling reporter concocts a fictitious tale that coincides with a current murder investigation, launching his career to the front page and on tv. Includes some commentary on ethics and morals. Late entry for the Cannon/Golan-Globus team that underscores the decline of the once formidable outfit; they just seemed to stop making movies that people truly cared about. Most notable for Morgan Freeman's first Oscar nomination in a supporting role.
½ July 1, 2013
The movie has its downfalls, and it doesn't quite know if it wants to be a comedy about two men from totally incongruous backgrounds meeting and working together, or if it wants to be stark documentation of the conditions on the street. Nevertheless, Morgan Freeman's early performance is magical and full of sardonic brutality that we never really see from him. His performance is what made it as compelling as it was.
May 30, 2013
Morgan Freeman is a national treasure!!!!!!............this cat could play a pimp and still be a character that is sympathetic and that the average man could relate too...yall remember this flick?
½ April 6, 2013
After seeing so many crime stories with protagonist's that were active, seeing Reeve's as a rather stupid hero role is maddening and contrary to the title. The film is rather lackluster in scope and resolution but has a solid performance from Freeman and some interesting ideas that could have been slightly more well rounded. A decent 80's crime film.
June 26, 2011
"Street Smart" provides insight into the world of pimps and prostitutes; unfortunately, I didn't really want this much insight into prostitution. I must laud Morgan Freeman for his Oscar-nominated role, as his bi-polarity between friendliness and cruelty was unnerving. He was great, though I prefer his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Shawshank, Batman, or just about any other film over this one. Christopher Reeve was just okay while Kathy Baker stole the show as the prostitute Punchy, particularly during the chiling threat scene ("which eye?") with Freeman. While the concept of a fictional article that resembles real-life events was interesting, the thought to use the concept on a story about a pimp was a mistake.
½ June 26, 2011
You will never see Morgan Freeman in a more bad-ass role
May 29, 2011
Watch out for that morgan guy!!!
March 24, 2011
Morgan Freeman as a pimp, highly unlikely. Christopher Reeve as a reporter is stiff and has no emotion to it. It makes no sense at all, and the plot sucks. Morgan Freeman you rule, and you have an amazing voice.
September 17, 2010
Who would have thought that Morgan Freeman could play a sleazy violent pimp so well. This is the man who encouraged Gen Xers to read on The Electric Company and is now considered a legend of the cinema and of the most sought after actors. Freeman's performance as well as a performance by Kathy Baker as a prostitute save this movie from the silliness which is evolved from. Basically, Christopher Reeve is a journalist who wants to do a story about a pimp, but when he can't find a source, he makes it up. Freeman's lawyer and an prosecutor both think that Reeve's story is about Freeman's character, which it isn't. This part of the movie is just ludicrous as the prosecutor keeps badgering Reeve's to give up his notes and a moronic judge jails Reeve in contempt and it's a big mess. The other part of the story where Reeve finally meets Freeman's character and sees the underbelly of crime is the most interesting. And seeing Freeman has a foul-mouth, woman hitting Yoo-hoo drinking, gold-toothed psychopath is what makes the movie worth watching.
½ June 23, 2010
Morgan Freeman is undoubtably fantastic and Kathy Baker definitely should have had an Oscar nomination. However, outside of these outstanding performances, the movie falls very flat, the flattest of which is definitely Christopher Reeve's lack of realistic emotion. The movie is flooded with stale direction and uneven pacing. And the conclusion and its path to it is unsatisfying and mediocre at best.
½ April 2, 2010
It's always interesting to go back and watch a renowned actor in one of their earliest breakthrough roles and see them as a character that you're totally not used to seeing them play; such is the case with "Street Smart", where Morgan Freeman delivers his first Oscar-nominated performance as a psychotic pimp named "Fast Black"! The film has a very clever premise, involving a journalist who finds fame from writing a totally fictitious magazine article about a pimp, only to have it come back to bite him when people start to believe that a real pimp on trial for murder was the actual subject of its story. It's a very interesting study of the devastating effects of media fabrication, but the story is full of holes and implausibilities, and the film is much more convincing when it focuses on the sleazy Times Square world of pimps and hookers than when it focuses on the world of journalism; Christopher Reeve, God rest his soul, was always a bit of a bland actor when he wasn't playing Superman, and even Clark Kent seemed like a more believable reporter than the character he's playing here. However, "Street Smart" contains a lot of sections that are full of great energy and life, and Morgan Freeman just transcends the movie to another level whenever he's onscreen; he's able to make his character jump convincingly from charming to terrifying in the blink of an eye, and makes one hope that Mr. Freeman will get the chance to showcase his range in another great villainous role someday.
½ March 27, 2010
A nice political street drama with an unforgettable performance by the great morgan freeman!
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½ January 21, 2010
Morgan Freeman's performance IS the movie; the rest is a supporting cast trying to work themes a rewrite by James Toback would have fully realized ... and we would be locked into Reeve's dilemma more than just as our ticket to meeting Fast Black ... Points for Anna Horsford and Kathy Baker (who makes a foul shot as the white Whore With the Heart of Gold), and for the one-man theatre of Andre Gregory.
January 19, 2010
Hard to recommend the movie for all of its faults, but Morgan Freeman's performance is borderline amazing.
½ December 28, 2009
Freeman is such a bad ass.
December 7, 2009
A must see film that really shows Morgan freeman in a completley different light!! Christopher Reeve "superman" in a film with Morgan freeman as a pimp!
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