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Hustle & Flow


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Release Date :

July 13, 2005

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Director :

Craig Brewer

Starring :

Terrence Dashon Howard, DJ Qualls, Ludacris, Taryn Manning, Anthony Anderson, Isaac Hayes, Taraji P. Henson, Elise Neal, Paula Jai Parker

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

5 of 10

“..the fine acting performances are left wallowing in a tepid sea of blandness..”
by Andrew Bradford [That Cow]
4 of 5

“..solid writing, excellent acting and a chuckle basket of laughs..”
by [Movies for Guys]
“..it does nevertheless portray a life and a music not often done as faithfully..”
by Donald Levit [ReelTalk]
3 of 4

“..Hustle & Flow is worth a look..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
3 of 4

“..goes well beyond the 8 MILE(s) to bring us a redemptive rags-to-riches rap fable that turns a noteworthy beat...”
by Frank Ochieng [MovieEye]
2 of 5

“..forced and overly self-important..”
by Frank Wilkins [Frank's Reel Reviews]
4 of 5

“..an involving and fun tale..”
by Bob Westal [Film Threat, Hollywood's Indie Voice]
2 of 4

“..an adequate entertainment for the popcorn-and-crunk crowd...”
by Akiva Gottlieb [Slant Magazine]
3.5 of 4

“..a timeless and well-made story of personal redemption..”
by Francesca Dinglasan [Boxoffice Magazine]
9 of 10

“..a singularly unique experience...”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
“..a powerful, thought-provoking, and ultimately redemptive ride..”
by Gabriel Shanks [Mixed Reviews: The Arts, The World, and More]
“..a modest regional portrait that could become a classic of its kind...”
by David Denby [The New Yorker]
“..a feel-good story..”
by Todd McCarthy [Variety at Sundance 2005]
5 of 5
Reviewed by Alexis Tuminello [The Cinema Source]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Robert Denerstein [Denver Rocky Mountain News]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Eugene Novikov [Film Blather]
4 of 4
Reviewed by Terry Lawson [Detroit Free Press]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Larry Rodgers [The Arizona Republic]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Erik Childress [EFilmCritic]
4 of 4
Reviewed by Kit Bowen [Hollywood]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jami Bernard [New York Daily News]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Eric D. Snider [The Land of Eric]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Duane Dudek [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Gene Seymour [Newsday]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Barry Paris [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Glenn Whipp [L.A. Daily News]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Allison Benedikt [Chicago Tribune]
3 of 4
Reviewed by James Verniere [Boston Herald]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Calvin Wilson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Michael Machosky [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Jim Lane [Sacramento News & Review]

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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]