Snipes (2002)

Music video director Richard Murray makes his feature debut with this hip-hop crime thriller about an ambitious kid caught in the shady underworld of the recording industry. Sam Jones III (Erik Triggs) is a wannabe rap artist working menial… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 4, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Snipes relies too much on a scorchingly plotted dramatic scenario for its own good.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Highly watchable stuff.

Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

'...Mafia, rap stars and hood rats butt their ugly heads in a regurgitation of cinematic violence that gives brutal birth to an unlikely, but likable, hero.'

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A loud, low-budget and tired formula film that arrives cloaked in the euphemism 'urban drama.'

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Snipes is both a snore and utter tripe.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

A little judicious editing would have helped a lot, but the talented cast matches the film's ambitions and compensates for its modest budget.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Undone by its overly complicated and derivative screenplay, the glacier-paced direction and the stereotypical characters.

John Anderson

Involving at times, but lapses quite casually into the absurd.

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