The Hurricane
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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, driving home from another club in Paterson, were stopped and questioned by police. Although the police asserted that Carter and Artis "were never suspects," a man named Alfred Bello, himself a suspect in the killings, claimed that Carter and Artis were present at the time of the murders. On the basis of Bello's testimony, Carter and Artis were… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Facile and unpersuasive."
‑ , Time Out
"Give director Norman Jewison credit for two things: 1) He made the movie; 2) He let Washington run away with it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Denzel dazzles in biopic of imprisoned boxer."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Startlingly inept coming from a generally accomplished director like Norman Jewison."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A thoughtful, moving story, and a triumph for Jewison, Washington, and Carter himself."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"The movie's dogged humorlessness, and its sixties-style cant, don't do justice to all the political crosscurrents in this story."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Jewison has delivered another excellent film."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"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."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"There is a talented supporting cast, but they are not given much opportunity to break out of the two-dimensional symbolism they are cloaked with in the script by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The drama is hung on a vendetta between a flawed-but-honourable man and a doggedly bad cop. Yes, it's Valjean and Javert, together again."
‑ Richard Kelly, Sight and Sound
"A reminder that there's still a lot to be said for the good old-fashioned inspirational Hollywood movie."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The Hurricane has real mythic power."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"There's no denying it's powerful stuff, which, for want of a better phrase, really packs a punch."
‑ , Film4
"The film has genuine impact, and I'm betting that leading and supporting Oscar nominations will follow."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"A great showcase for the actor's skills."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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