Cooley High
Cooley High (1975)

Michael Schultz directed this deeply felt recollection of adolescent life on Chicago's near North Side in 1964. Like American Graffiti, Cooley High deals with girl, school, and police troubles as a group of high-school seniors prepare… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 25, 1975
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Something of a disappointment.

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Josh Larsen

...emphasizes the thin line that exists between a life of promise and a life of prison (or worse, death) for kids growing up in a neighborhood like this.

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Frank Ochieng

A crafty and cunning black teen comedy that exudes a slick urban ethnically irreverent big screen answer to television's Happy Days

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Uneven but generally funny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sometimes engaging comical and poignant black experience high school teen flick.

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Craig J. Clark
The Dissolve

There's a specificity to screenwriter Eric Monte's memories of growing up on the Near North Side in the early 1960s that transcends mere imitation.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

The film's resistance of pathos starts to feel not just counterintuitive, but also a little ghoulish

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Cooley High is essentially the black American Graffiti. It's a series of funny and mostly entertaining scenes that don't quite fit together (or… More
Lesley N
A 70's film about a 60's group of friends from the projects meandering through their last year of high school. The soundtrack is a gem, matching the… More
Megan S
It was a good movie. I can see why people say that Boyz N the Hood is pretty much the same movie.
Thomas Drufke
This is one of those films that you don't really know what to expect going in, think the film is going one way, and then it takes you a completely… More