Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
Buoyed by a superlative soundtrack, ATL plays a familiar song about growing up, but hits notes that sound brand new. Read full review
The film mostly avoids easy laughs or simplistic characters, reminding you how few black movies claim the huge middle ground between chardonnay-sipping buppies and hardened criminals. Read full review
The story is familiar, but terrific performances and a vivid sense of place elevate it above the average teen-oriented picture. Read full review
Fresh and unexpected. It feels like a real window on the lives of disenfranchised youths - these are in South Atlanta - as they make their way in a society that doesn't cut them any breaks. Read full review
What I liked most was its unforced, genuine affection for its characters. Read full review
An emotionally charged coming-of-age saga that will make you laugh and cry, maybe at the same time. Read full review
The more rink time, the better: As directed by hip-hop music-video king Chris Robinson from a story by "Antwone Fisher's" Antwone Fisher, the skate scenes are a blast. Read full review
Working from a story by Antwone Fisher, screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism is tender toward characters balancing where they come from with where they'd like to go. Fisher was the subject of an inspirational biography by Denzel Washington. Read full review
Is ATL even a hip-hop movie? There's hip-hop in it, certainly, but unlike the recent vehicles for Eminem and 50 Cent -- respectively, ''8 Mile" and ''Get Rich or Die Tryin' " -- it does not have a rapper hero. Read full review
Several good ideas for a movie rumble around inside ATL, but they never coalesce. Read full review
like a hip-hop American Graffiti
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