The Hate U Give Reviews

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January 29, 2019
... clichés in the storytelling as well as in the visual dynamics are a reality, while the surprises are few.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
February 8, 2019
It is raw, it is real, it is all-too-relevant and powerful enough to undoubtedly compel many (white) viewers to rethink their innate prejudices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2019
A powerful, complex exploration of police brutality, the dehumanization of black people, and finding your voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2018
Here is a strong, far-reaching tale of black female empowerment and dignity, a reminder that love is bigger than hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2018
The Hate U Give packs an emotional punch
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 29, 2019
Stenberg is a great Starr, and her performance is powerful.
January 18, 2019
Breathtaking work by perennially underrated co-star Russell Hornsby, and a reaffirmation of Amandla Stenberg's worth as an A-list star, The Hate U Give works best in the ensemble pieces celebrating the close-knit family at the story's center.
Full Review | Original Score: 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
January 21, 2019
The Hate U Give reminds us that no matter how far we've come, we still have far to go, but that the end of the war begins within ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 15, 2019
...The Hate U Give skips the allegories and fights the real corruption in this hard-hitting but thoroughly digestible drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
February 2, 2019
A wave of furious anger rightly burns throughout 'The Hate U Give,' and it's highly likely you'll leave with that fire pulsing through your own veins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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+
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