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The Hurricane Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Both the movie and Denzel Washington are knockouts.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Washington immerses himself, even more than he did in "Malcolm X," in a stare of unforgiving outrage.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is one of Denzel Washington's great performances, on a par with his work in "Malcolm X."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Epic in nearly every way, The Hurricane has the power to blow you away.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Denzel dazzles in biopic of imprisoned boxer.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has boxing matches, shooting in a bar, and a knife fight. There is also some strong language, including racial epithets. There is also a non-explicit potrayal of child molester, some non-sexual nudity, and social drinking.

  • Families can talk about the struggles for racial equality in the 1960's and 1970's, and about what has and has not changed. And they can also talk about the way that Carter keeps his spirit alive, in part by identifying himself with prisoners of conscience like Nelson Mandela and Emile Zola, and by writing, "a weapon more powerful than my fists can ever be."

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Boxing matches, shooting in a bar, knife fight.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-explicit potrayal of child molester, some non-sexual nudity.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong, including racial epithets.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking.