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Feeling Hustled

Resist the Rocky redemption references -- strong performances aside, Hustle & Flow is a lazy and somewhat ignorant empty gesture.
Columbus Alive  |  Nikki Davis  |  07-25-2005  |  Reviews

The New King of Memphisnew

Young directors staring down their first commercial release don't often get a celebrity rollout -- but director Craig Brewer is an exception.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Davis and Chris Herrington  |  07-25-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews


All the grit but none of the realism of John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood is found in Brewer's split-personality portrait of the Memphis hood.
Missoula Independent  |  Jason Wiener  |  07-22-2005  |  Reviews

Rocky Meets the Mean Streets of Memphisnew

In a true starmaking turn, Terrence Howard commands the screen as a down-on-his-luck pimp and aspiring rapper.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten  |  07-22-2005  |  Reviews

A Pimp Seeks Redemptionnew

Writer/director Craig Brewer offers a harsh, credible portrayal of low-level Memphis criminality and reveals the importance hip-hop can play in "the Life."
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  07-22-2005  |  Reviews

From Pimp to Rapnew

Hustle and Flow has a lot going against it, but its star and director push it to success.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  07-21-2005  |  Reviews

Pimpin' Ain't Easynew

Forget trying to knock the hustle, because you can't. And please resist the Rocky comparisons, because it's not. More like Purple Rain, this humid film about the blood-work of a ghetto pimp's comeuppance could use a little drizzle.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Brentin Mock  |  07-21-2005  |  Reviews

Soundtrack Could Better Represent Area in Filmnew

There's nothing wrong with Mike Jones, Lil Scrappy, Trillville, Boyz N Da Hood and many other current rap stars. But since the film is based in Memphis, it would be nice for the soundtrack to better represent the area's artists.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ronda Racha Penrice  |  07-07-2005  |  Reviews

Sundance's Biggest Deal Was No Big Dealnew

At the Sundance Film Festival, studios spend dollars on the penny in the thin mountain air -- like the $9.5 million Paramount Pictures paid for director Craig Brewer's film Hustle & Flow.
Dallas Observer  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  02-08-2005  |  Movies

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