The Hate U Give Reviews

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December 15, 2018
A powerful social justice drama but not necessarily a powerful film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 12, 2018
Several racially-charged and involved issues are brought together in an effective story. While the film is a bit hard-bitten it seems a little too anxious to have a positive ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 21, 2018
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.
November 11, 2018
This is a compelling story about race in contemporary America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 5, 2018
I was boo-hoo-ing from beginning to end...I feel like this movie clearly explains what it is to be Black in America today. It's a movie that everybody needs to see.
November 2, 2018
The brilliance of the construction of the is how it forces us to see everything through Starr's eyes
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 2, 2018
Amandla Stenberg is a relevation in this powerful and relevant, must-see drama. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 1, 2018
The Hate U Give is equally an American race relations study and coming-of-age story, interweaving the two in indivisible fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 1, 2018
The Hate U Give is an important film; it understands the suffering poor communities go through, and how economic circumstances can enflame racial tensions.
October 31, 2018
The story is eventful and tempestuous, and Amandla Stenberg (playing Starr) is an ideal teen-drama lead - radiant yet wholly believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2018
'Violence, brutality - it's just a different name.' The Hate U Give's familiarity in its themes doesn't lessen its urgency, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 29, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2018
The cast is great, but Stenberg really shines. And Tupac's tattoo feels more relevant than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2018
Casting Amandla Stenberg to carry the project was an inspirational choice: She's luminous and always captivating in the part, delivering a natural performance that allows easy access to Starr's soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
October 29, 2018
...an engaging and emotionally-charged drama that's rife with stirring performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 27, 2018
A powerful and essential film for today, fuelled with passion and anger but also courage and the sincere hope to see things change for the good and for always.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 26, 2018
Often didactic and two-dimensional, coming across like a Black Lives Matter "Afterschool Special," albeit an especially heartfelt one.... Amandla Stenberg is a winning lead.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 26, 2018
The Hate U Give clocks in at well over two hours, but there is so much going on that it never drags. There's humour mixed in with the tragedy. There's reason mixed in with the rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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