Boyz n the Hood
Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Even in its warmest moments, there is a fearful chill in this hood's air. And on the hearts of its boyz.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Shows some genuine talent in handling character and action, and equal amounts of confusion and attitude when it comes to matters of gender and ghetto politics.

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R. L. Shaffer

An incredibly moving, character-rich drama about life in South Central L.A.

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Variety Staff

An absorbing, smartly made dramatic encyclopedia of problems and ethics in the black community, 1991.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

What makes the film so affecting is the no-nonsense direction and Singleton's sure, specific sense of the rewards and hardships of community; in this, he is lent excellent support from a fine cast.

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Brian Orndorf

A coming-of-age story without fluidity, hopping from scene to scene often indiscriminately. Singleton has stamina but lacks connective tissue, messing up development and motivation, unable to juggle the three distinct perspectives.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

A booming, heart slam of a film.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

In this setting, the actors could easily disappear into speeches or stereotypes, but they don't; the film's strength is that it sustains an intimate and realistic tone.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An assured effort that hits home in relating to parental responsibility as a means of encouraging good citizenship.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
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A heartbreaking, exceptionally acted look at violence in America. Thoughtful, current, and necessary.
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Manu Gino
Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale. Good strong Film! John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood remains one of the best… More
KJ Proulx
I may be a sucker for drama's, but this film truly shows what life used to be like in "the hood!" It follows three young kids who grow into young… More
Kevin Cookman
Even though Stanley Clarke's score is just awful.
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This movie seriously wowed me. Struggle, passion, and heart all tied together and portrayed beautifully on screen. BNTH is very real and one of my favorite… More