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F. Gary Gray United States, 1996

Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Set It Off

The backstories of the girls display its uncertain balance of smarts and melodrama. Their reasons for a life of crime seem lazy or dramatic, or in Queen Latifah's case, an outlet of personality. The whole film features collisions of genre-revamping and strong characterization (Jada Pinkett's relationship with the banker, the girls acting like godfathers) and cliches (Latifah's last stand). Good, if uneven in purpose.