The Hurricane
The Hurricane (1999)

In 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a top-ranked middleweight boxer whom many fight fans expected to become world champion. When three people were shot to death in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey, Carter and his friend John Artis,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks in large part to one of Denzel Washington's most powerful on-screen performances, The Hurricane is a moving, inspirational sports drama, even if it takes few risks in telling its story.

Time Out

Facile and unpersuasive.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Give director Norman Jewison credit for two things: 1) He made the movie; 2) He let Washington run away with it.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Denzel dazzles in biopic of imprisoned boxer.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie's dogged humorlessness, and its sixties-style cant, don't do justice to all the political crosscurrents in this story.

Paul Clinton (

Jewison has delivered another excellent film.

Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

The film, directed by Norman Jewison, feels a bit too simple for such a complex story, but Washington transcends the problems to provide his best acting since Malcolm X.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A reminder that there's still a lot to be said for the good old-fashioned inspirational Hollywood movie.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The Hurricane has real mythic power.


There's no denying it's powerful stuff, which, for want of a better phrase, really packs a punch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
Powerful story
KJ Proulx
The Hurricane is one of the most influential movies I have ever seen. The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter lives in all of those who watch this film,… More
Alex roy
Norman Jewison's The Hurricane is a pulse pounding drama about middle weight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter who was wrongly imprisoned for a… More
Edward Boxler
The Hurricane is a solid film, and could have benefited from a three hour run time. There are so many aspects to this story and so much ground to cover that I… More
familiar stranger
"While this picture is based upon a true story, some characters have been composited or invented, and a number of incidents fictionalized." Now… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"His greatest fight was for justice."</i> The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and… More