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931 Ratings

Straight Outta Compton

Directed by F. Gary Gray
United States, 2015


The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes pop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

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Straight Outta Compton Directed by F. Gary Gray

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

American Film Institute Awards

2016 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2015 | Winner: Top Films

Writers Guild of America

2016 | Nominee: Best Original Screenplay (Screen)

The first half generates excitement as it explores teenage life in 1980s Compton and brings the group together. Then F. Gary Gray’s biopic switches gears and splits Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), and Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) into a tripartite version of a Hollywood serious-composer biopic like Rhapsody in Blue. When N.W.A breaks up the film becomes morose, bogged down in cameo parts, recriminations, and ugly management disputes.
February 25, 2016
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A mostly enjoyable, sometimes shaky, musical–biopic… [It’s] a movie that, despite its compromised provenance, deserves to have been made, not only for N.W.A.‘s great songs and compelling story, but for how much fine art Dr. Dre and Ice Cube kept making after the group’s demise.
October 02, 2015
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If Straight Outta Compton were fully an hour shorter; if it were primarily about life in Compton, the band’s early days and their relationship with a racist society; and for God’s sake if it would just fess up a bit about the abuse of women, we might have something to be really excited about. As it is, if you’re a fan like me you’ll find big chunks of the film really compelling and the music as dope as ever, but it’s hard to ignore the bitter aftertaste of dishonesty and hucksterism.
September 17, 2015
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