The Hate U Give

2018, Crime/Drama, 2h 13m

224 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Led by a breakout turn from Amandla Stenberg, the hard-hitting The Hate U Give emphatically proves the YA genre has room for much more than magic and romance. Read critic reviews

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Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

Cast & Crew

Regina Hall
Lisa Carter
Russell Hornsby
Maverick Carter
Common
Carlos
Issa Rae
April Ofrah
Megan Lawless
Maya
Audrey Wells
Screenwriter
Timothy M. Bourne
Executive Producer
Angie Thomas
Executive Producer
Isaac Klausner
Executive Producer
Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Cinematographer
Craig Hayes
Film Editor
Alex Blatt
Film Editor
Dustin O'Halloran
Original Music
William Arnold
Production Design
Frank L. Fleming
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All Critics (224) | Top Critics (61) | Fresh (217) | Rotten (7)

  • Throughout ( ... ) Starr's choices are rooted in her desire to maintain her dual identities. She stifles righteous rage and ignores threats ( ... ) in order to ( ... ) survive.

    March 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It has a long way to go and every minute of it is worth watching.

    February 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Hate U Give features a strong and incredibly moving performance from Amandla Stenberg, who never holds anything back from the audience and never overplays a moment. She's a star in the making.

    January 31, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a performance without any posturing -- no mean achievement in these circumstances.

    January 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In dealing with all of it, the book character finds her confidence and her voice. But the movie version of The Hate U Give leaves me unsure that its makers ever found theirs.

    November 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Though it leans on the genre beats of melodrama to occasionally clunky effect in order to mine the audience's tears, it's impressive how it metabolises these moments of charged emotion in order to make its wider points.

    October 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Throughout ( ... ) Starr's choices are rooted in her desire to maintain her dual identities. She stifles righteous rage and ignores threats ( ... ) in order to ( ... ) survive.

    March 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It has a long way to go and every minute of it is worth watching.

    February 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Hate U Give features a strong and incredibly moving performance from Amandla Stenberg, who never holds anything back from the audience and never overplays a moment. She's a star in the making.

    January 31, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a performance without any posturing -- no mean achievement in these circumstances.

    January 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Has] an important impact to experience as a movie-goer, but artistically it's missing a little something for me.... the [book] is great and important.

    June 16, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Sixteen-year-old Starr is the sole witness to her childhood friend's fatal shooting by a white police officer and everything changes for her and her family.

    February 2, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hate U Give

  • Dec 23, 2019
    Except for the loud and preachy ending, it was good.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2019
    Perhaps the screenplay is a little to neat and tidy, but the movie has a lot of ground to cover. Ultimately it serves as a convincing rallying cry for the perspective audience.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2018
    I truly enjoyed this film, it was great story that should be portrayed on screen more. The movie transcends its form and talks to you, meets you were you are with your own insecurities, beliefs, and standards no matter your background. congrats to everyone involved in this rare art, has been a pleasure partaking.
    Super Reviewer

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