91

Entertainment Weekly

By 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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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The feel-good movie of the summer. And the song this pimp works up, about how hard it is to manage a stable of ho's, is catchy and moving.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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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80

Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
So much love went into Hustle & Flow that it almost glows with it.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A weird fusion of blaxploitation and American indie, built on a template of old-style, follow-your-dream Hollywood drama. But it works - sometimes magnificently.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Explosive entertainment.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The best thing Hustle & Flow has going for it is Terrence Howard's powerful performance.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Allison Benedikt
Brewer achieves near perfection in this tense, intimate meeting between two lifelong hustlers.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Some will find it chicly inspired, recalling blaxploitation's heyday with its grimy urban realism. Some will rightly find it corny, absurd, and an insultingly limited presentation of options for the most disenfranchised African-Americans: I'm still waiting for the movie fantasy about the pimp who wants to get his GED.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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