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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The movie is adapted from the young adult novel by Angie Thomas, and the tropes of that genre-a first-person narrative about finding oneself on the way to adulthood-allow it to strike boldly at the emotions that more detached grown-up dramas might avoid.
I had a very strong emotional reaction to this movie, which is as moving as anything I've seen this year. It packs a very strong emotional punch, by putting the viewer into a world which is way outside the comfort zone of most white people.
Stenberg is great, and Regina Hall and, particularly, Russell Hornsby are terrific as her parents in a film that may be a little contrived and formulaic at times but should still be compulsory viewing in schools and police stations.
Though it leans on the genre beats of melodrama to occasionally clunky effect in order to mine the audience's tears, it's impressive how it metabolises these moments of charged emotion in order to make its wider points.