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Poetic Justice is not ["Boyz N the Hood's"] equal, but does not aspire to be; it is a softer, gentler film, more of a romance than a commentary on social conditions.
Subtitled “A Street Romance,” writer-director Singleton's sophomore effort touches the heart more when it's on the street than when it's making romance.
Some of Poetic Justice is quite good, if unspectacular, and the dialogue has a consistent ring of truth.
If Singleton, 25, stumbles, it is over ambition and not the complacency of a new Hollywood hotshot riding a trend.
Although its aspirations are high, the film works only fitfully when Mr. Singleton exercises his gift for vernacular speech, for finding the comic undertow in otherwise tragic situations, and even for parody.
Its ambitious aims are commendable in themselves, but regrettable since they overinflate what might have been a simpler and better film.
With Poetic Justice, John Singleton has (at least temporarily) lost his way, but he may have found an actor [Shakur] who can help lead him back.
Chicago Reader
Though it's not unlikable, John Singleton's second feature ("Boyz N the Hood" was his first) is an unholy mess in almost every respect.
Made more than two years ago, this is nowhere near as well thought out as its predecessor ["Boyz N The Hood,"] and is far more strained in making its point.
What must be said is that the new movie is simply awful: poorly structured, vulgarly written, insipidly directed, monotonously performed.

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