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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    An emotionally charged coming-of-age saga that will make you laugh and cry, maybe at the same time. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Working from a story by Antwone Fisher, screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism is tender toward characters balancing where they come from with where they'd like to go. Fisher was the subject of an inspirational biography by Denzel Washington. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Fresh and unexpected. It feels like a real window on the lives of disenfranchised youths - these are in South Atlanta - as they make their way in a society that doesn't cut them any breaks. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Several good ideas for a movie rumble around inside ATL, but they never coalesce. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What I liked most was its unforced, genuine affection for its characters. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Buoyed by a superlative soundtrack, ATL plays a familiar song about growing up, but hits notes that sound brand new. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    The film mostly avoids easy laughs or simplistic characters, reminding you how few black movies claim the huge middle ground between chardonnay-sipping buppies and hardened criminals. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The story is familiar, but terrific performances and a vivid sense of place elevate it above the average teen-oriented picture. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Robinson has assembled an impressive young cast comprised primarily of rappers (such as Tip Harris, a.k.a. T.I.) and fresh faces (newcomer Lauren London). show more

  • 63
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    If "Roll Bounce" and "Boyz n the Hood" fell in love and had a PG-13 baby, it would be ATL. show more

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