Origin story 'Straight Outta Compton' is N.W.A's victory lap, reviews say

August 14, 2015 6:12 PM

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When N.W.A burst out of Compton in the late 1980s, the hip-hop group's powerful music and political message resonated with young fans around the world. The new movie about N.W.A, "Straight Outta Compton," which opened to strong box office ($5 million on Thursday night alone) could have the same impact -- especially with clashes between police and minority communities playing out daily in the news -- according to many critics.

The film overall got excellent reviews from most critics, earning it an 87% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, especially for its first half, which tells the story of how N.W.A was formed. Though some felt the film bogged down in the second half, most saw it as a successful (and celebratory)...

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