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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Has been called an exploitation of a tragedy, but in fact it's an expose of tragic exploitation. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Broomfield conducts riveting interviews with a former LAPD officer, Biggie's fiercely protective mother and assorted hangers-on, but the actual thrust of his evidence seems almost irrelevant. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Compulsively watchable and endlessly inventive as it transforms Broomfield's limited materials into a compelling argument. show more

  • 75
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Those not well versed in the rap music world may be a little lost at times, but you don't need to know your Ice-T's from your Cool-J's to realize that as far as these shootings are concerned, something is rotten in the state of California. show more

  • 12
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    This time out, Broomfield comes up with maybe enough halfway decent material for a 10-minute segment on a second-rate tabloid TV show. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    Perhaps that's what makes thus such a compelling documentary; it will grip even viewers who aren't interested in rap, as it cuts to the heart of American society in an unnerving way. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Overall, the film is occasionally interesting but essentially unpersuasive, a footnote to a still evolving story. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    At best, a half-finished puzzle, but Broomfield leaves you with questions that few investigators have even dared to ask. show more

  • 90
    Manohla Dargis Los Angeles Times

    One of the better documentaries I'd seen in years -- it plays like a suspense thriller because that's exactly what it is. show more

  • 80
    Ted Shen Chicago Reader

    A wily and dogged inquisitor, Broomfield cajoles and confronts a variety of witnesses, charting a web of intrigue that also involved the LAPD, the FBI, and assorted gangbangers and rogue cops. show more

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