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Hustle & Flow 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.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The best thing Hustle & Flow has going for it is Terrence Howard's powerful performance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    Brewer achieves near perfection in this tense, intimate meeting between two lifelong hustlers.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    I found Hustle & Flow hard to get into at first, if only for its dialogue. But DJay's turf turns out to be everyone's turf -- a jagged landscape of hopes, disappointments, folly and fulfillment.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Every good actor has a season when he comes into his own, and this is Terrence Howard's time.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The home-studio recording sequences in Hustle & Flow are funky, rowdy, and indelible. Brewer gives us the pleasure of watching characters create music from the ground up.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

This movie is for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie, focused on the efforts of a pimp trying to change his life, features explicit references to sex and prostitution (as well as scenes in a strip club). Characters use harsh language, smoke, drink, do drugs, have sex, and fight with one another, on occasion drawing blood. Women wear scanty clothing.

  • Families can talk about the obstacles DJay tries to overcome, including poverty and lack of education. How are his ideas shaped by media images (music videos, news)? How does music help him gain another perspective on his life? How is this pimp and drug dealer simultaneously appalling and sympathetic? How does he treat the women around him?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Protagonist is a pimp, and aspires to be a hip-hop star.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Brutal fight at the end.

  • sex false5

    Sex: References befitting a story of a pimp and prostitutes, scene in a strip club.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Liquor names.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Main character sells marijuana; characters drink, smoke, do drugs.