The Hate U Give Reviews

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September 29, 2018
The film lays out the complexities of contemporary race relations with a deliberateness that frequently edges over into didacticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2018
Ms. Stenberg, Mr. Hornsby and others in the ensemble (including Regina Hall as Starr's mother, Lisa) are more than capable of exploring their characters' depths, but a wonky script gets them only so far.
October 19, 2018
Thomas's story is more involving because it places individuals front and center. Because Starr is less enmeshed in her various relationships, the movie ultimately becomes more about the slogans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2018
In dealing with all of it, the book character finds her confidence and her voice. But the movie version of The Hate U Give leaves me unsure that its makers ever found theirs.
October 18, 2018
What's missing ... is a narrative focus to match the movie's political passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2018
Nowhere along the way does it invest enough storytelling energy to effectively take root.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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 12, 2018
Since the inception of this country these stories have been told, and finally in 2018 they are being given the platform to finally be heard. And we must listen.
October 17, 2018
The Hate U Give doesn't condescend the audience (or its characters), rather offering a sparring glimpse that, by telling these stories, we can glide through our racially divided country with the goal of bringing some of us together.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 26, 2018
It's not often a film comes along that inspires us to simply be better. So find The Hate U Give, listen to the perspectives within, and then share your voice with the world
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 22, 2018
While the film simplifies the story somewhat, it never loses its heart, the brilliant emerging of Starr into her own voice and pride in the community that lifts her up.
October 23, 2018
Worthwhile, but the dialogue lingers in the mind far more than the imagery does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2018
A great young adult drama, unique in how it deals with a specific social issue. It is challenging, as it should be, because cinema should deal with what's happening in the world.
October 4, 2018
An Oscar-worthy masterpiece that defines power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2018
The core performance of Amandla Stenberg is felt the emotions she was going through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
October 19, 2018
It would be a serious mistake to just chalk this up to being just another coming of age film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2018
It handles these very serious and heartbreaking issues with intelligence and with some humor.
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