A sad chronicle of absent fathers and messed-up mothers, drugs as currency and violence as the period at the end of every argument.
Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times
[Cuts] through the cliches about "thug life" to capture how violence is an integral, corrosive part of inner-city life.
Nick Schager — Village Voice
It's a sobering slice of life that puts actual faces to local violent crime statistics.
Sara Stewart — New York Post
A rare insider glimpse at a lifestyle of deprivation that drums all ambition out of some youngsters, and pushes others to do whatever they need to do and can do to succeed.
Jennifer Merin — About.com
Hardcore investigation of ghetto life is undoubtedly powerful but proves perplexing, intent-wise.
David Noh — Film Journal International
One of the more intimate and revealing looks at American projects ever made; it's assured and empathetic without indulging in fashionable white guilt.
Chuck Bowen — Slant Magazine