Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A - Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Easy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren - biopic, chronicling the group's rise in the mid-1980s in California. Striking terror into the hearts of conservatives and parents, N.W.A proved instantly controversial with their lyrics to songs like F--k da Police and their debut studio album Straight Outta Compton, one of the first to feature a Parental Advisory sticker. Co-produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language147 minsUSA
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Straight Outta Compton / Reviews

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

A palpable sense of timely relevance helps this musical biopic overcome the formulaic traps that fell almost every other contemporary addition to the genre. Which isn't to say that Straight Outta Compton doesn't rely on biopic formula in its own way. But that said, the events on display have so much retroactive power, it's impossible not to pump your fist.

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Variety

Variety

Timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them...

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Total Film

Total Film

Soars for an hour before spiralling into a bloated, melodramatic mess. Still, it’s worth it for the early ferocity, capturing just how powerful N.W.A really were.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The first half of Straight Outta Compton... is bursting with energy, exuberance and inspiration. The second half is immobilised by bloat and sanctification.

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SBS

SBS

It's rare that a band made famous by controversy can stay relevant even a few years on. But more than two decades later, N.W.A.'s music still has the power to shock and startle.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

What stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Wields its maximum impact in a gripping first half: where the group rapidly get their abrasive act together, then rush headlong at an unsuspecting world.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A hugely entertaining film that works best if you don’t look at it too closely and just listen.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Potent and visceral in its depiction of street life and blinged-up excess alike, Straight Outta Compton delivers big beats of both kinds.

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