Menace II Society
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This debut offering from twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes was one of the most critically-acclaimed urban crime films to appear in the wake of John Singleton's influential Boyz N the Hood. Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, the film is narrated by 18-year-old Caine (Tyrin Turner), a drug dealer and car thief who lives with his religious grandparents. After graduating from high school, Caine shows no ambition beyond hanging out with his friends, so his grandparents kick him out. Among his other troubles are his best friend O-Dog (Larenz Tate), a vicious thug hunted by the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Don't let the silly styling of the title put you off; this is a powerful, convincing, and terrifying look at teenage crime in contemporary Watts."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Regrettably, the Hughes brothers' first feature is a compendium of clichés."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The Hughes brothers' debut is an exhilarating urban nightmare."
‑ , Film4
"It makes the Hood seem worse than Vietnam."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"One of greatest filmmaking achievements of the 1990s."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing: a full-scale vision of the madness that is tearing up the black inner city."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"If Menace II Society is terrific on ambiance, it is considerably less successful in revealing character."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An impressive first feature from the 21-year-old twin brother directing team of Albert and Allen Hughes."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Um retrato impiedoso (e real) de uma sociedade preconceituosa, injusta e massacrante que transforma jovens em ameaças e que, infelizmente, é encontrada em todo o mundo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Strong stuff, but the film-making's a little rough around the edges."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The most stunning feature debut in the new African-American cinema, even more so than Boyz N the Hood to which the coming-of age feature bears thematic resemblance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A more honest and better made movie than any of the other group of films made about black neighborhoods in the early 90's."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
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