Menace II Society
Menace II Society (1993)

This debut offering from twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes was one of the most critically-acclaimed urban crime films to appear in the wake of John Singleton's influential Boyz N the Hood. Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 26, 1993
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Told with grit and verve by the Hughes brothers in their feature debut, Menace II Society is a gangland epic that breathes with authenticity while steeped in style.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

The Hughes brothers are torn between the hopelessness of what they depict and a kind of haloed view of a better life.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Lewd and violent, but undeniably affecting.

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

From its shocking opening sequence to its fatalistic finale, Menace II Society is a raw and (mostly) realistic drama.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Don't let the silly styling of the title put you off; this is a powerful, convincing, and terrifying look at teenage crime in contemporary Watts.

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Leonard Klady

Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.

John Ferguson
Radio Times

There's no denying the visceral power of the Hughes Brothers' vision, but - with the exception of Pinkett - it's hard to have sympathy for any of the characters.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing: a full-scale vision of the madness that is tearing up the black inner city.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Regrettably, the Hughes brothers' first feature is a compendium of clichés.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

It's a movie that takes you where you might not want to go, and makes you care about hell in a very small place.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Back in my days of school I heard of this film but knew nothing of it. It was commonly known as a 90's video nasty and was the talk of the town alongside… More
danny d
just short of boyz in the hood as an urban drama with real chops, the film is a bit more reliant on entertaiment than reality than boyz in the hood is. overall… More
Manu Gino
This is the truth. This is what's real. Great strong movie! Menace To Society is as hard hitting powerful as any film about the Hood is ever going to be.… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Grocery Store Man: I feel sorry for your mother. O-Dog: What'd you say about my mama? A ghetto drama about a young hustler who was equipped to have a… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
"yea, ima git a double burger... and some fries.." "ay, ay, nigga what da fuck i say? wit cheese, mutha fucka, wit cheese!"
xGary Xx
Tyrin Turner stars as Caine, son of a drug dealer and junkie, raised by his grandparents in the projects and typical product of the 'hood. The Hughes… More