New Jack City
New Jack City (1991)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 1998
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Critic Score
76%
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User Score
81%



Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Though this often plays like a 70s cop show, it became a prototype for the bling-heavy gangsta melodramas of the 90s.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

OK Van Peebles flick featuring Snipes.

Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Mario Van Peebles's drugland feature, a relentless, hold-on-to-your-hat experience, rarely lets up.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
I think Mario Van Peebles wanted New Jack City to be the black version of Scarface but unfortunately for him, it wasn't. For starters, the acting… More
Conner Rainwater
Really one of the best modern gangster movies and definitely the most violent and all out crazy only next to Scarface. This is so different from the average… More
Chris Weber
Given the drug-based cop drama/urban crime plot, the interracial partnership of the main cops, and the soundtrack being made up of contemporary urban (black)… More
danny d
a movie that might take itself too seriously at times, but definitely has the star power and screenwriting to keep the audience plugged into the events as they… More
xGary Xx
A team of maverick cops investigate when a gangster takes over an entire tenement block in the New York ghetto. Although this film enjoys a good reputation as a… More
Khris N
One of the best American gangster films... and all black. Yep, its an all black film, only one white actor in the form of Judd Nelson, and funnily enough,… More

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