Poetic Justice Synopsis
Mail truck takes mismatched couple (Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur) from L.A. to Oakland.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
It's safe, and it's smart, and even though it's lightweight compared to "Boyz" and bound to disappoint a lot of Singleton's admirers,...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Poetic Justice is not ["Boyz N the Hood's"] equal, but does not aspire to be; it is a softer, gentler film, more of a romance than a...
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If Singleton, 25, stumbles, it is over ambition and not the complacency of a new Hollywood hotshot riding a trend.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
While it's altogether smaller in its ambitions and achievements than Singleton's terrific "Boyz N the Hood," it at least allows Janet...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
John Singleton's bizarre but viewable Boyz N the Hood follow-up is surprisingly gooey going. [23 Jul 1993]
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Some of Poetic Justice is quite good, if unspectacular, and the dialogue has a consistent ring of truth.
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50

TV Guide

Overall, this is a fuzzy, unfocused drama that bites off more than it can chew, or viewers can digest.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Poetic Justice is like that - so much worse than it should have been, and yet, for brief shining moments, so much better than any other...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
With Poetic Justice, John Singleton has (at least temporarily) lost his way, but he may have found an actor [Shakur] who can help lead him...
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40

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Made more than two years ago, this is nowhere near as well thought out as its predecessor ["Boyz N The Hood,"] and is far more strained in...
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