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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Dreary. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's good, hard-edged stuff, violent and a bit exploitative but also nicely done, morally alert and street-smart. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    An intelligent crime drama, not because of the criminal activity it dramatizes but because of its powerful examination of the forces that drive criminals. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is ambitious, has good energy and is well-acted, but tells a familiar story in a familiar way. The parallels to Brian De Palma's "Scarface" are underlined by scenes from that movie which are watched by the characters in this one. show more

  • 63
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Apart from the slightly sanitized look of Reagan-era Harlem, this raw ghetto drama rings true, from the smooth dialogue to the unaffected performances of the central actors. show more

  • 63
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Paid In Full's performances - especially by the always-engaging Phifer -- are strong, its message worthwhile and its sincerity doubtless. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The only victims in Paid in Full are the dealers and their families -- and the only word for that is one this paper can't print. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    A vivid telling of a familiar story -- the rise and fall of a street criminal -- bolstered by exceptional performances and a clear-eyed take on the economics of dealing and the pathology of ghetto fabulousness. show more

  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A fake street drama that keeps telling you things instead of showing them, though Mekhi Phifer, playing a hustler who loves the life, is electric and true. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    An unpretentious, sociologically pointed slice of life. show more

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