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New Straight Outta Compton movie got mostly positive reviews from top critics. Universal Pictures released their new drama flick, “Straight Outta Compton,” into theaters today, August 14th, 2015, and all the top critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that most of them did indeed like it with an overall 71 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Aldis Hodge, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., and O’Shea Jackson Jr. We’ve posted blurbs from a few of the critics, below.

Odie Henderson at RogerEbert.com, gave it an excellent 100 score, saying: “It plays like a Marvel superhero movie had Marvel been run by Suge Knight.”

Scott Foundas from Variety, gave it a 90 grade. He said: “If “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression.”

Peter Travers at Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 score, stating: “Straight Outta Compton plays better when it’s outside the box, showing us N.W.A power and the consequences of abusing it. Would the movie be better if it didn’t sidestep the band’s misogyny, gay-bashing and malicious infighting? No shit. But what stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.”

Lou Lumenick over at the New York Post, gave it an 88 score, saying: “One of the summer’s most entertaining and provocative movies.”

Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 grade, saying: “This is one of the better musical biopics of the last 20 years.”

Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly, gave it an 83 score, stating: “Straight Outta Compton is a hugely entertaining film that works best if you don’t look at it too closely and just listen.”

Jim Farber at the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 grade. He stated: “No movie could capture all the alarming incidents and contradictions that make up the complete N.W.A. story. But in order to stress the group’s most righteous side, the movie downplays their youthful excesses as well as their flagrant sexism.”

James Rocchi from TheWrap, gave it a 76 grade, stating: “Even with the film’s mild flaws and arms-wide-open approach, it tells a powerful, engaging and compelling story of how America challenged and changed five young black men, and how they in turn challenged and changed America.”

Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a 75 grade. She said: “Straight Outta Compton reminds viewers not only who N.W.A. were and what they meant, but also why they mattered — and still do.”

John DeFore at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 score, saying: “If the movie pushes most of the ugliest behavior off onto side players (like the notorious Suge Knight, played by R. Marcus Taylor), it does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt.”

Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 grade, saying: “When the songs themselves take center stage the movie works. What remains in the wings constitutes another, fuller story.”

Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 60 score, stating: “Alternately riveting and wearying, up-to-the-minute relevant as well as self-mythologizingly self-indulgent — as much of a heroic origins story as anything out of the Marvel factory — Straight Outta Compton ends up juggling more story lines and moods than it can handle.”

Manohla Dargis at The New York Times, gave it a 60 grade, saying: “The partying is as bland as any all-purpose music video and feels more like another script signpost (and audience-pandering) than a serious attempt to get out what it means to be young, black, gifted, fabulously wealthy and much desired. Mr. Gray does far better when the story edges into heavier, more dappled realms.”

Lastly, Joe Morgenstern at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 score, saying: “With a running time of 147 minutes, the film not only runs low on energy toward the end — internecine battles can’t compete with the early excitement of gifted young kids making it big on a national stage — but turns ploddingly sentimental in its sudden focus on Eazy-E’s painful decline, and death, from AIDS.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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