Straight Outta Compton Synopsis
Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how they revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
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By Odie Henderson
It plays like a Marvel superhero movie had Marvel been run by Suge Knight.
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By 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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is one of the better musical biopics of the last 20 years.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Straight Outta Compton plays better when it's outside the box, showing us N.W.A power and the consequences of abusing it. Would the movie...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
One of the summer’s most entertaining and provocative movies.
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By Drew McWeeny
Both of its time and of the moment, Straight Outta Compton is potent and largely successful, and makes a hell of a case for why this was a...
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Entertainment Weekly

By 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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New York Daily News

No movie could capture all the alarming incidents and contradictions that make up the complete N.W.A. story. But in order to stress the...
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By James Rocchi
Even with the film’s mild flaws and arms-wide-open approach, it tells a powerful, engaging and compelling story of how America challenged...
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Village Voice

By 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...
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Better than I expected

By sheilaa
I saw a sneak peak of this movie and it was better than I expected. I am not a huge NWA fan but do like some of their music. I like how the story was told and showed 5 guys simply trying to do better...

This movie Deserves OSCARS!!

By alexi754
I just saw this movie! If this motion picture is not nominated for AT LEAST ONE OSCAR, it will show the bias of the Academy. O'Shea Jackson, Jr., you are def your father's son. To all the other...

Wow, can't believe how good it was.

By chipwoodward
A fan of NWA from the late 80's and early 90's, I was going to the movie regardless. I was shocked by how good the acting was, and how believable the characters were. The movie does a great job of...


By sheritab116
Straight outta Compton is a fantastic movie. It's two and a half hours long, and I still wish it was longer. You have to go see it, trust me you won't regret it....

Straight Outta Compton

By walterharrisonII
good movie...

Gotta check it out.

By esoto418
So my thoughts going in to the movie was, "Holy cow, did they advertise this movie a lot!" I saw it EVERYWHERE. Therefore, I expected it to be good and fair enough it was a very touching and...

This is Award-winning stuff

By mssofty84
If I could give a movie 6 stars, this would be it. Once you get past the nudity, which was a huge part of their lifestyle, the content is amazing. The story line grabs and holds you all the way...

I'd watch it AGAIN, & again!

By karabean07
A poignant and relevant film which can translate to any viewer (age, race, or socioeconomic standing). The principal actors give credible, realistic, and highly entertaining performances. The...

good movie but

By reyesj05
Great movie, funny too but the ending left us like where is the end?...

D@mn, that sh!t was dope.

By chrisatl
Great story, great acting. A couple a slow parts, but there was so much to tell I can only imagine how much they had to leave out. A must see for any rap fan, and non-fans would surely appreciate the...

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Rated R | For Language Throughout, Drug Use, Strong Sexuality/Nudity and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Edgy but powerful story of incendiary '80s rap group.
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