Menace II Society Synopsis
Drugs and violence fill the lives of an inner-city youth and his friends.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and...
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Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
The film is one chillingly authentic scene after another... In the end it's more of a war movie than "Saving Private Ryan" ever was.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As well-directed a film as you'll see from America this year, an unsentimental and yet completely involving story of a young man who cannot...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing.
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Chicago Tribune

A film of great integrity, assurance and political passion, if not driving plot. [26 May 1993, Tempo, p.3]
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By James Berardinelli
Menace II Society has a devastating impact. Few films possess the power to keep an audience sitting in stunned silence after the end...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie's biggest weakness is in the presentation of Caine's grandparents.... The attempt, it seems, is to show a potentially positive...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
An unusually knowing movie from filmmakers of any age, both in its coldly clinical viewpoint and assured filmmaking style that even puts...
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TV Guide

It lacks the vision, and the fully defined characters, of "Boyz (in the Hood)." Tyrin never becomes more than the sum of his conflicting...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Because the society in Menace II Society is boxed in sociologically, the picture (for all its strengths) is boxed in esthetically. Already,...
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Hood movie with depth

By redyeah
This is one of the classic so called hood movies for a reason. We see Cocaine go through a certain stage in his life where problems enclose him and there seems to be no way out. He is the type of...

By vashonemuse5
The Second Best Movie Ever. ( First Is Straight Outta Compton). This Movie Was Very Dramatic, Had An Interesting Plot, Had Some Laughs. But All Around A Great Movie....

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