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Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Biography, Drama, Music

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

The critical consensus

Straight Outta Compton is punchy, provocative and packed with attitude.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 24/08/2015

Straight Outta Compton soars for an hour before spiralling into a bloated, melodramatic mess. Still, it’s worth it for the early ferocity, capturing just how powerful N.W.A really were.

***(*)(*)Stephen Kelly, Total Film, 24/08/2015

Potent and visceral in its depiction of street life and blinged-up excess alike, Straight Outta Compton delivers big beats of both kinds.

****(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 24/08/2015

Director F Gary Gray sidesteps the misogyny and cocaine but does a good job of showing the pure electric craziness of the music that NWA created.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/08/2015

There is a lingering feeling that the film would have worked much better with a narrower and sharper focus.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 28/08/2015

A worthy monument to a key moment in rap history.

****(*)Craig Williams, Little White Lies, 27/08/2015

The sour notes are left by the film’s failure to acknowledge the band’s misogyny.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 29/08/2015

Although laden with rock-pic set pieces, this is an energy-packed drama full of conflict, on and off the stage.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 30/08/2015

It never feels less than authentic, directed with energy by F Gary Gray and acted superbly.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 30/08/2015

Features about Straight Outta Compton

O'Shea Jackson Jr: the star who makes Straight Outta Compton a family affair

Alex Godfrey, The Guardian, 25/08/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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