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Straight Outta Compton Review

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

  • 4.0
    71

    out of 100

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    It's clear that Straight Outta Compton is at once too padded and too thin. It's as if the story of these real-life legends was so unruly and dangerous that the filmmakers became the cops, forcing it into submission.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    With a running time of 147 minutes, the film not only runs low on energy toward the end — internecine battles can’t compete with the early excitement of gifted young kids making it big on a national stage — but turns ploddingly sentimental in its sudden focus on Eazy-E’s painful decline, and death, from AIDS.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    If the movie pushes most of the ugliest behavior off onto side players (like the notorious Suge Knight, played by R. Marcus Taylor), it does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Straight Outta Compton is a hugely entertaining film that works best if you don’t look at it too closely and just listen.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    This is one of the better musical biopics of the last 20 years.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    If “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression.

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