Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A - Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Easy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren - biopic, chronicling the group's rise in the mid-1980s in California. Striking terror into the hearts of conservatives and parents, N.W.A proved instantly controversial with their lyrics to songs like F--k da Police and their debut studio album Straight Outta Compton, one of the first to feature a Parental Advisory sticker. Co-produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

2015Rating: R16, Sex scenes, violence, drug use & offensive language147 minsUSA
DramaMusicTrue Story & Biography
95%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Soars for an hour before spiralling into a bloated, melodramatic mess. Still, it’s worth it for the early ferocity, capturing just how powerful N.W.A really were.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The first half of Straight Outta Compton... is bursting with energy, exuberance and inspiration. The second half is immobilised by bloat and sanctification.

3.0
0
SBS

SBS

press

It's rare that a band made famous by controversy can stay relevant even a few years on. But more than two decades later, N.W.A.'s music still has the power to shock and startle.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

What stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

Wields its maximum impact in a gripping first half: where the group rapidly get their abrasive act together, then rush headlong at an unsuspecting world.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A hugely entertaining film that works best if you don’t look at it too closely and just listen.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Potent and visceral in its depiction of street life and blinged-up excess alike, Straight Outta Compton delivers big beats of both kinds.

4.0
0

One of the more striking things about this film, set during NWAs rise in the late 1980s - early 90s, is just how little things have changed. Most notably in a scene taking place during the riots following the Rodney King trial - stories of police brutality against unarmed African Americans are still all-too familiar. The actors portraying the real-life...

4.0
0

I know little of rap and hip hop but when subject matter is airbrushed to avoid the dirty laundry, it loses a star. When F the police was released it was an import CD costing $30+ and was listened to in amazement as it is difficult to comprehend the racism, environment, and culture of the States from Wellington, New Zealand. Movie is about 20 minutes too...

3.0
0

What a cutsie movie! Eazy-E is so loveable, just wanna pinch his cheeks. Ice-Cube, talk about Mr. Grumpy, and Doctor Dre; such an angel! I was in my teens when Straight Outta Compton came out. It was hard and raw, and listening to it made you feel invincible like you were the Terminator or something. That was the feeling I was looking for when I saw this...

3.0
0

Was one of the better movies I've seen in 2015 it started off really strong although towards the end felt a bit rushed I won't go into that due to spoilers but I'd recommend it to anyone 4/5

0

True story, a battle rapper I know once asked people on Facebook what their favourite rap album was, when I replied back outlining that mine was Straight Out of Compton his response was ‘props homie, you’re so white I thought it would be line dancing or something”. So anyway slightly related story aside I was pretty excited when I heard there was an N.W.A...

5.0
0

Going into the film I had low expectation, not a huge fan of biopics, have hardly listened to the music of NWA or the news that ice cube was played by his son; these were all signs that would have led to an uncomfortable couple of hours. But coming out of the film I was pleasantly entertained by it. The opening had some great set pieces and cinematography...

3.0
0

A very strong film with solid performances by the main actors. The biopic does a good job covering the history and feuds between the members of NWA while showing the rise of gangster rap throughout that time period in time. The film's score was brilliant and fans of the genre will be pleased. Humor was used to good effect to break up the darker elements of...

4.0
0

Really Good and had my rapping along in the theatre

4.0
0

An enjoyable watch. The bio pic format was a refreshing change and the cinematography was beautifully executed. Some of the shots were set up with considerable creative flair. Complimented well by the music that made them so famous and so notorious. It was honest, raw and graphic, they didn't hold back, just like N.W.A didn't. This was balanced cleverly by...

4.0
0

So to start off I pretty much know nothing about the story of NWA, its members and this era of music however that being said this was a fantastic music biographic with some on point casting. The truth is embellished in some place but when you have both Ice Cube and Dr Dre as Producers you're going to get some of the worst things about their lives cut...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Soars for an hour before spiralling into a bloated, melodramatic mess. Still, it’s worth it for the early ferocity, capturing just how powerful N.W.A really were.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The first half of Straight Outta Compton... is bursting with energy, exuberance and inspiration. The second half is immobilised by bloat and sanctification.

3.0
0
SBS

SBS

press

It's rare that a band made famous by controversy can stay relevant even a few years on. But more than two decades later, N.W.A.'s music still has the power to shock and startle.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

What stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

Wields its maximum impact in a gripping first half: where the group rapidly get their abrasive act together, then rush headlong at an unsuspecting world.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A hugely entertaining film that works best if you don’t look at it too closely and just listen.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Potent and visceral in its depiction of street life and blinged-up excess alike, Straight Outta Compton delivers big beats of both kinds.

4.0
0

One of the more striking things about this film, set during NWAs rise in the late 1980s - early 90s, is just how little things have changed. Most notably in a scene taking place during the riots following the Rodney King trial - stories of police brutality against unarmed African Americans are still all-too familiar. The actors portraying the real-life...

4.0
0

I know little of rap and hip hop but when subject matter is airbrushed to avoid the dirty laundry, it loses a star. When F the police was released it was an import CD costing $30+ and was listened to in amazement as it is difficult to comprehend the racism, environment, and culture of the States from Wellington, New Zealand. Movie is about 20 minutes...

3.0
0

What a cutsie movie! Eazy-E is so loveable, just wanna pinch his cheeks. Ice-Cube, talk about Mr. Grumpy, and Doctor Dre; such an angel! I was in my teens when Straight Outta Compton came out. It was hard and raw, and listening to it made you feel invincible like you were the Terminator or something. That was the feeling I was looking for when I saw...

3.0
0

Was one of the better movies I've seen in 2015 it started off really strong although towards the end felt a bit rushed I won't go into that due to spoilers but I'd recommend it to anyone 4/5

0

True story, a battle rapper I know once asked people on Facebook what their favourite rap album was, when I replied back outlining that mine was Straight Out of Compton his response was ‘props homie, you’re so white I thought it would be line dancing or something”. So anyway slightly related story aside I was pretty excited when I heard there was an...

5.0
0

Going into the film I had low expectation, not a huge fan of biopics, have hardly listened to the music of NWA or the news that ice cube was played by his son; these were all signs that would have led to an uncomfortable couple of hours. But coming out of the film I was pleasantly entertained by it. The opening had some great set pieces and cinematography...

3.0
0

A very strong film with solid performances by the main actors. The biopic does a good job covering the history and feuds between the members of NWA while showing the rise of gangster rap throughout that time period in time. The film's score was brilliant and fans of the genre will be pleased. Humor was used to good effect to break up the darker elements...

4.0
0

Really Good and had my rapping along in the theatre

4.0
0

An enjoyable watch. The bio pic format was a refreshing change and the cinematography was beautifully executed. Some of the shots were set up with considerable creative flair. Complimented well by the music that made them so famous and so notorious. It was honest, raw and graphic, they didn't hold back, just like N.W.A didn't. This was balanced cleverly...

4.0
0

So to start off I pretty much know nothing about the story of NWA, its members and this era of music however that being said this was a fantastic music biographic with some on point casting. The truth is embellished in some place but when you have both Ice Cube and Dr Dre as Producers you're going to get some of the worst things about their lives cut...

4.0
0