The Hate U Give Reviews

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 12, 2018
Tillman has an excellent touch for the quietly impactful scenes with Starr and her family, as well as the news footage-style depictions of marches and protests that go sideways...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2018
The filmmakers understand their characters so thoroughly that the insights seem to grow organically from their experiences. This is American studio filmmaking at its finest.
October 12, 2018
It's so gripping to watch-as well as being, in places, just delightfully funny-that you never feel you're being preached to. It picks you up in one place and sets you down in another.
October 12, 2018
The movie is both honest and humane, as well as hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2018
"The Hate U Give" is open about its emotions and its earnestness, and is all the more resonant as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2018
The film is bolstered by some fine performances, and African American director George Tillman Jr. does a fine job in delivering a tale with deep emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2018
For as naturalistic and real as The Hate U Give is, it goes off the rails just a little bit at the climax to make its grand point... , but there is too much heart here to really nitpick at a little hyperbole.
October 11, 2018
Stenberg, as the film's locus, is never less than true and magnetic, and there are many strong scenes. Most importantly, there's never one second of doubt that this movie is expressing something real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2018
I'd say "The Hate U Give" is the most important movie your teenagers will see this year, but that would be selling it short for yourself. So maybe go see it together. If they'll have you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2018
One of the most powerfully honest movies of 2018.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2018
"The Hate U Give" succeeds or fails on Stenberg, and she carries the load.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
October 8, 2018
While the ending seems a bit too neat, there's value in this earnest examination, directed by George Tillman Jr., about how kids learn to be activists. Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby are very good as Starr's parents.
October 8, 2018
This impassioned and incisive adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas keeps a complex story and a wide array of characters in energetic, compassionate balance.
October 8, 2018
It tells a young woman's powerful coming-of-age story at a time when that process involves code-switching and discovering political agency as much as it does finding the right dress to wear to prom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
October 5, 2018
It's a message movie, but it never forgets the human dimension.
October 5, 2018
The movie feels instructional without getting too preachy, taking time to explain various inequalities and barriers facing black Americans, typically in exchanges between father and daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2018
If this is what the next wave of YA adaptation will feel like, we are in a good place.
October 4, 2018
The film's narrative power is such that what could have been merely a message movie is something larger, an empathy-driven family drama about people living in a fractured country that is all too recognizable.
October 4, 2018
A moving, emotionally convincing experience.
October 4, 2018
An emotional powerhouse about a police shooting of an unarmed black man. Topped by an incandescent Amandla Stenberg, whose performance grows like a gathering storm, Tillman's film snaps like a livewire. It means to shake you - and does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
Ultimately, "The Hate U Give" is a life-affirming rebuttal to apathy, despair and surrender. It's also one of the year's most important films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
At its best, it will force you to look at the society we've created and perpetuate and ask, "Can we do better?"
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 4, 2018
A teen-movie milestone that tackles the uncomfortable issue of racism in an engaging and relatable way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 3, 2018
It may not change minds but it challenges viewers to consider why they react to issues of race (and poverty) in the manner that they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 3, 2018
Its dead seriousness lends this engrossing film urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 2, 2018
"Hate" brings up vital discussions for a society wrestling with a lack of empathy, understanding and tolerance. They're raising their voices with a cinematic megaphone, and it's our turn to listen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 1, 2018
Powerful and obviously topical, the adaptation of Angie Thomas' award-winning 2017 novel is one for all ages.
September 30, 2018
The Hate U Give does right by its source material, star, and subject. Like any good teen movie, it includes triumph-and in many ways, it is one itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 9, 2018
It's a film that contains multitudes, and only asks for a world willing to do the same.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 8, 2018
Entertaining, enraging, and ultimately deeply moving, "The Hate U Give" is poised to be a hit, and deserves to be.
September 8, 2018
The Hate U Give feels like the welcome crest of a new wave: not bland chronicles of sparkle-skinned vampires or dance-squad rivalries but real, often painfully relevant tales about race and justice and millennial identity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 8, 2018
Solidly engineered to engage viewers across racial/economic/political spectrums.