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: July 12, 1991
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted and thematically rich, Boyz N the Hood observes urban America with far more depth and compassion than many of the like-minded films its success inspired.

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.

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
Carlos Magalh„es
An unpretentious portrait of a neighborhood dominated by violence, police abuse and even misogyny, and, while it does have some funny moments, it is a serious,… More
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
Eugene Bernabe
Powerful in performance and message. John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood tackles this dangerous subject with sleek direction and emotional drive. The script… More
Kevin Cookman
Even though Stanley Clarke's score is just awful.
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A heartbreaking, exceptionally acted look at violence in America. Thoughtful, current, and necessary.
Albert Kim
Hollywood has churned out story after story after story. Some are inspirational; some are hilarious; and some are heart-wrenching. But with so many stories… More