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John Singleton United States, 1991

Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Boyz n the Hood

A landmark of its genre, though it's pretty dated today. The acting is excellent all around - every performance was genuine and engrossing. The loose plot dragged in places, the story did not seem to be on par with the characters - but there are a number of genuinely intense moments. The overbearing music score ruined several scenes, quashing the drama with melodramatic sentimentality.