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Hate U Give, The (12A)


US drama in which a teenage girl is drawn into activism after she witnesses the murder of her friend by a white police officer.

The critical consensus

It is muscular and very watchable film, with a really strong starring performance from Stenberg.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 18/10/2018

A sophisticated adaptation of a hugely important book that adeptly handles its daunting themes, and provides a platform for a star-making performance from Amandla Stenberg.

****(*)Jimi Famurewa, Empire Online, 22/10/2018

This adaptation of Angie Thomas' novel is a superior teen movie with a powerful message.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 22/10/2018

The Hate U Give offers a worthy primer on racial issues in the age of Black Lives Matter.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 23/10/2018

Worthwhile, but the dialogue lingers in the mind far more than the imagery does.

Kambole Campbell, Little White Lies, 23/10/2018

An all-too-familiar story is told with empathy and vigour in a film arguing for tolerance, activism and change.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 24/10/2018

The message is self-evident, but the themes as directed by George Tillman Jr. are far from black and white, with institutional racism as much in the spotlight as casual and internalised racism.

****(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 25/10/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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