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
DramaMusicTrue Story & Biography
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Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

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.

4.0

"You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge"

One of the more striking things about this film, set during NWAs rise in the late 1980s - early 90s, is just how little things have changed. Most notably in a scene taking place during the riots following the Rodney King trial - stories of police brutality against unarmed African Americans are still all-too familiar. The actors portraying the real-life...

4.0

Rap/Hip Hop Airbrushed

I know little of rap and hip hop but when subject matter is airbrushed to avoid the dirty laundry, it loses a star. When F the police was released it was an import CD costing $30+ and was listened to in amazement as it is difficult to comprehend the racism, environment, and culture of the States from Wellington, New Zealand. Movie is about 20 minutes too...

3.0

Awww, shucks...

What a cutsie movie! Eazy-E is so loveable, just wanna pinch his cheeks. Ice-Cube, talk about Mr. Grumpy, and Doctor Dre; such an angel! I was in my teens when Straight Outta Compton came out. It was hard and raw, and listening to it made you feel invincible like you were the Terminator or something. That was the feeling I was looking for when I saw this...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
SBS

SBS

press

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.

4.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

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.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

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.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
SBS

SBS

press

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.

4.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

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.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0

"You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge"

One of the more striking things about this film, set during NWAs rise in the late 1980s - early 90s, is just how little things have changed. Most notably in a scene taking place during the riots following the Rodney King trial - stories of police brutality against unarmed African Americans are still all-too familiar. The actors portraying the real-life...

4.0

Rap/Hip Hop Airbrushed

I know little of rap and hip hop but when subject matter is airbrushed to avoid the dirty laundry, it loses a star. When F the police was released it was an import CD costing $30+ and was listened to in amazement as it is difficult to comprehend the racism, environment, and culture of the States from Wellington, New Zealand. Movie is about 20 minutes...

3.0

Awww, shucks...

What a cutsie movie! Eazy-E is so loveable, just wanna pinch his cheeks. Ice-Cube, talk about Mr. Grumpy, and Doctor Dre; such an angel! I was in my teens when Straight Outta Compton came out. It was hard and raw, and listening to it made you feel invincible like you were the Terminator or something. That was the feeling I was looking for when I saw...

3.0