Hustle & Flow
Hustle & Flow (2005)

One man's struggle to rise above his circumstances prompts him to try a career in music in this acclaimed drama from writer and director Craig Brewer. Djay (Terrence Howard) is a low-level pimp and drug dealer who scraped together a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 22, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hustle & Flow is gritty and redemptive, with a profound sense of place and exciting music.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's kind of a conventional story, but it's told in such a unique way and the locations in Memphis all feel very authentic.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Every now and then, Brewer pulls off a near-miracle with his flinty characters: He lets us, for a moment, slip into their lives -- and sing their song.

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Nick Rogers

Of all the exuberantly built-up beats, Taraji P. Henson's beautifully shocked and elated response to unexpectedly forming the nucleus of "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" gives "Hustle" its soul and won that song an Oscar.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Hustle & Flow suspends you in its spell of mood, of feeling, of climate. It's a pop picture that finds its richness in peeling down to the essentials of good storytelling.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Unlikely as this may sound, Hustle & Flow -- about a low-down Memphis pimp who wants to be a rapper -- is the feel-good movie of the summer.

Fernando F. Croce

For an alleged indie hit, the film is nothing if not shrewd about audience-hooking and sensory-manipulation

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Watching as a pimp, a pothead and a pregnant hooker play and sing in a makeshift bedroom recording studio, and becoming increasingly caught up in their determination and hope, it's impossible not to think that this is a part of the American Dream, too.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

What makes the picture sail past its flaws is its earnest understanding of the desperation that drives people to regain control of their lives -- and the profound courage required to attempt it.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Edgy camerawork fails to distract from the fact that Hustle & Flow -- a hit a Sundance -- is about as edgy as the crust on Mom's apple pie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A pimp tries to make it as a rap star with the help of his hookers and an old friend from the neighborhood. Terrence Howard turns in a fantastic performance,… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Shortly after the film's release, the subsequent project by legendary and… More
Melvin White
DJay: I'm here trying to squeeze a dollar out of a dime, and I ain't even got a cent man. "Everybody gotta have a dream." Hustle &… More
Jason Robinson
Excellent movie -- put Terrance Howard firmly on the map and gave Ludacris some acting street cred. Craig Brewer has a talent for animating the dark, forgotten… More
Graham Jones
I hesitated for 8 years before finally seeing Craig Brewer's debut and I have to say I was very impressed. The biggest surprise to me was the amazing… More
Chris Weber
He made this before he made Black Snake Moan, but now that I've seen both of films, I am convinced of two things: 1) Craig Brewer knows the South, and 2)… More