Biggie and Tupac
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When rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) died in a hail of bullets outside the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles in March of 1997, it appeared to be the latest salvo in the East Coast/West Coast rap/gang rivalry that had claimed the life of Tupac Shakur six months earlier in Las Vegas. Three years later, however, Los Angeles police Detective Russell Poole, who had been assigned to the Smalls case, went public with a startling accusation: the LAPD's top brass derailed the investigation when Poole began uncovering evidence that tied fellow LAPD officer David Mack to the rap… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Compulsively watchable and endlessly inventive as it transforms Broomfield's limited materials into a compelling argument."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Most of the information has already appeared in one forum or another and, no matter how Broomfield dresses it up, it tends to speculation, conspiracy theories or, at best, circumstantial evidence."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"An engrossing and rather suspenseful mystery investigation."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Whether you like rap music or loathe it, you can't deny either the tragic loss of two young men in the prime of their talent or the power of this movie."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Broomfield has taken this intriguing and sad tale, and made a compelling film that should be of interest to nearly anyone, regardless of his or her interest in rap music."
‑ Josh Ralske, Black Star News
"You don't need to know your Ice-T's from your Cool-J's to realize that as far as these shootings are concerned, something is rotten in the state of California."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Bristles with the sort of passion and bold purpose so often lacking in contemporary nonfiction filmmaking."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"Short on concrete evidence but long on compelling insinuation."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Weirdly, Broomfield has compelling new material but he doesn't unveil it until the end, after endless scenes of him wheedling reluctant witnesses and pointing his camera through the smeared windshield of his rental car."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Broomfield turns his distinctive 'blundering' style into something that could really help clear up the case."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Broomfield's style of journalism is hardly journalism at all, and even those with an avid interest in the subject will grow impatient."
‑ Alona Wartofsky, Washington Post
"Broomfield is energized by Volletta Wallace's maternal fury, her fearlessness, and because of that, his film crackles."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"The problem with Nick Broomfield's documentaries is, well, Nick Broomfield."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"Broomfield fashions himself a crusading hero, and it's likely that enthusiasm that helps him do his job, but it's the director's self-love that robs the film of some integrity."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Unfortunately this film will not satisfy if you are looking to discover the missing link, but if you are simply interested in humor and some 'interesting' footage, to say the least, you will not be disappointed."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
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