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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 52% 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.

Megan Turner
New York Post

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

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

hough it shows bling, strong feelings for the inner city and the acting is solid, the derivative story won't knock you out.

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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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Michael Dequina

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

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

It does offer an uncommon thoughtfulness that makes it far less exploitative or sensationalistic than most examples of its genre.

Cole Smithey

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% 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