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.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It's always risky to proclaim a new force in film based upon just one film, but Boyz N the Hood is good enough to suggest that John Singleton is going to be a major player for a long time.

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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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Tara Brady
Irish Times

The dialogue is hilarious, loaded, questioning.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Like a jazz ensemble, Singleton and his actors slowly involve us in an almost sensual melange of moods, images and situations that take us inside the ghetto in a way mainstream films almost never do.

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David Ansen

The violence in Boyz N the Hood is neither gratuitous nor melodramatic; its aftermath is shattering. Singleton's powerhouse movie has the impact of a stun gun.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

It seems as box-fresh as a pair of white high-tops and as powerful and funny today as it was in 1991.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Singleton sometimes displays his youthful inexperience in melodramatic emphasis and rhetorical flourishes, but he has created a deeply troubling film about responsibility.

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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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Peter Bradshaw

Boyz N the Hood is a passionate drama shot with fluency and style, a study of what amounts to life during wartime, with people grimly used to gunfire and helicopters thudding overhead.

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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