Paid in Full
Paid in Full (2002)

Paid in Full marks the feature debut of director Charles Stone III, who rose to fame after creating Budweiser's "Wassup" commercials. The urban gangster drama is loosely based on the true story of 1980s Harlem drug kingpins… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though well-acted and non-exploitative, Paid in Full treads a very well-worn story.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I'm going to give it a marginal thumbs up. I liked it just enough.

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Megan Turner
New York Post

Rings true, from the smooth dialogue to the unaffected performances of the central actors.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"Paid In Full" is not the kind of movie that George W. Bush will ever see.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

This familiar rise-and-fall tale is long on glamour and short on larger moralistic consequences, though it's told with sharp ears and eyes for the tenor of the times.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A fake street drama that keeps telling you things instead of showing them.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Stone seems to have a knack for wrapping the theater in a cold blanket of urban desperation.

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Needed a little less bling-bling and a lot more romance.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Harris and Phifer's chemistry lends the inevitable tragedies some genuine punch.

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

For a rapsploitation film to target and frown upon the darker forces of its nature is certainly a good sign for the maturation of the genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Jeffrey Meyers
Paid in Full has a gritty realistic quality that is excellent in its' world building. It's well acted by largely unknowns, and succeeds in painting a… More