New Jack City
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The ruthless leader of a New York City drug syndicate battles to maintain his power and avoid imprisonment in this fast-moving action drama. While the film's heroes are Scotty (Ice-T) and Nick (Judd Nelson), a pair of tough, streetwise cops, the main focus is their target, drug lord Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes). A criminal businessman with no room for pity or emotion, the flashy but severe Brown has built an empire and transformed an abandoned Harlem apartment building into a well-defended fortress. He begins to consider himself invincible, but his lust for power and the unpredictable… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though this often plays like a 70s cop show, it became a prototype for the bling-heavy gangsta melodramas of the 90s."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The movie was advertised (no doubt wisely) as a slam-bang action adventure, but in fact it's a serious, smart film with an impact that lingers after the lights go up."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"OK Van Peebles flick featuring Snipes."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Violent and very engaging."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Boasts some of the best performances of the early 90's...Ice T is a revelation"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Filmmakers pull off a provocative, pulsating update on gangster pics with this action-laden epic about the rise and fall of an inner city crack dealer."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's use of once-imposing, now-crumbling New York architecture is particularly effective in underscoring the story with an air of widespread urban decay."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"We all know New Jack City is making the right statement on drugs, racism, the system, etc. But the fact is it's not very good."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...a purely conventional story, but it unfolds in unique and innovative ways, with particularly good turns from its cast, all of which make it a worthwhile watch."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It's still entertaining, but New Jack City now feels about as edgy as an old razor. And it's just as disposable."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"It's a superior example of what used to be called blaxploitation, with Van Peebles piling on corruption and carnage for all he's worth."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mario Van Peebles's drugland feature, a relentless, hold-on-to-your-hat experience, rarely lets up."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A cynical director, Van Peebles has style to burn, but his work is too flashy to make sense. This is a gangster-thriller about crack trade in Hralem done as a moralistic melodrama with kinky violence."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's basically Scarface with a hip-hop mentality, but it's also a slickly entertaining and consistently engaging crime thriller."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"One gets the feeling that a lot of the meaning of this film ended up on the cutting room floor."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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