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Hustle & Flow (2005)

Hustle & Flow Reviews

  • We're drawn to the exotic inside portrait of a flyweight urban hustler who knows how to cast a spell.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Craig Brewer's first feature film is a volatile mixture of slickness and sincerity, hard-edged naturalism and sheer show-business hokum.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Howard takes a character that might have been a caricature and makes him real -- sometimes icy, sometimes fiery, sometimes slick, sometimes passionate.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Watching as a pimp, a pothead and a pregnant hooker play and sing in a makeshift bedroom recording studio, and becoming increasingly caught up in their determination and hope, it's impossible not to think that this is a part of the American Dream, too.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A surprisingly charming story that -- in certain sections -- almost crystallizes into the sweetness of a Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland musical.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • There's something wrong with Hustle. A bad aftertaste, and not just the dry grit of Memphis dust, but something meaner. A feeling that Brewer's sensibility is way off.

    Laura Sinagra — Village Voice

  • Unlikely as this may sound, Hustle & Flow -- about a low-down Memphis pimp who wants to be a rapper -- is the feel-good movie of the summer.

    Jami Bernard — New York Daily News

  • This is Howard's show. His DJay is intense, with blue sky dreams other than pimping and living in Memphis.

    Dean Essner — Houston Chronicle

  • A sort of Rocky for ambitious street hustlers, Hustle & Flow traffics in the risky business of making prostitution seem not quite as bad as the hip-hop world, and it conjures a sticky mix of urban grit and Hollywood schmaltz.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • When Brewer, Howard, and Ludacris stick to the bitter texture of South Memphis failure and success they produce a modest regional portrait that could become a classic of its kind.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Terrence Howard modulates Djay with great love and consideration for the character. He never cheapens him, or condescends. He builds him inside-out.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Happily for all involved, it's still pretty good, with a leading performance by Terrence Howard that is that good.

    Allison Benedikt — Chicago Tribune

  • Hustle & Flow is 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film's supporting characters are as rich as the lead, each one of them chasing an unlikely dream.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Hustle & Flow is a celebration of crude aspirations, of raw art, of raunch and street and yearning and, beneath it all, family values.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Hustle & Flow uses its street smarts to show that dreams come in all shapes and sizes and that their realization sometimes is preceded by nightmares.

    Larry Rodgers — Arizona Republic

  • Exhibits an undeniable confidence that permeates its every aspect.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • Hustle & Flow promises gritty street drama but delivers Pretty Woman with crunk instead of Roxette.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The movie is too corny to be edgy, and too hard-core to be uplifting.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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