Hoodlum (1997)

The numbers game was a major racket in 1930's Harlem, and African American crime boss Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson was its undisputed king until psychotic white mobster Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) decided he wanted the lucrative… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a gangster movie in a sense, but it is also about free enterprise.

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Michael Dequina

This slow-going, talky film is in a constant struggle to hold the audience's interest.

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USA Today

The Sting-like ending with its crosses and double-crosses could have been better handled, but there are plenty of other payoffs.

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

It contains nothing of any lingering interest. On the other hand, Laurence Fishburne may be the only man on the planet who makes that mustache look good.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Impressively mounted if overly familiar gangster tale.

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David Luty
Film Journal International

A collection of elements rather than a distinct story, the film takes what should have been a fresh perspective on the genre and paints by numbers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Spencer
A really good gangster flick with a top notch cast. Each and every one of them pulled it off. The flick came off a little predictable but entertaining none… More
Todd Smith
People who have seen American Gangster or are regular viewers of the TV show, Mobsters, will know who Bumpy Johnson was and know the story behind Hoodlum. For… More
Lady D'arbanville
A slightly drawn out story, with a great cast, Tim Roth was particularly good and managed to really get in to the role of his character. The storyline is… More
John Ballantine
It doesn't quite work.
Brendan O'Connor
Great cast and a film that should have been one of the better mob films. The biggest issue is with the filmmakers style and lack of for the period. He attempts… More
Deb S
In Hoodlum, "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) plays a man recently released from prison who leads an African-American attempt to wrest control of… More

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