Hoodlum Synopsis
Mobsters (Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth) vie to control gambling in 1930s Harlem.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The director, Bill Duke ("A Rage in Harlem"), stages all of this with proficient confidence, yet he never truly summons the operatic power...
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
It is familiarly old-fashioned, complete with montages of newspaper clippings fluttering past and calendar days slipping by. The sets,...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
While Chris Brancato's script doesn't reveal anything new or surprising (students of history and fans of "The Cotton Club" already know how...
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
The Sting-like ending with its crosses and double-crosses could have been better handled, but there are plenty of other payoffs in Hoodlum....
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Duke and his screenwriter, Chris Brancato, don't make Hoodlum into a violent action film, though it has its bloody shoot-outs, but into...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Duke rarely operates at more than a TV movie-of-the-week level of originality, but Hoodlum is still an easy movie to enjoy.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Laurence Fishburne and Tim Roth play the main characters with conviction, but Bill Duke's punchy filmmaking style banishes any hope of...
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
At the very least, Hoodlum might have been better off had it been filmed in monochromatic black-and-white instead of the garish color...
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40

TV Guide

Uneven and inaccurate as it may be, it's hard to wash out entirely with a movie that explores as neglected an aspect of classic gangster...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Hoodlum is an overlong gangster movie, a bloated and often laughable attempt at an epic.
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