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818 Ratings


Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama


Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope…

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Dope Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
If I didn’t find the hilarity enough to outweigh the flaws, that’s largely irrelevant. This movie was principally touted as a certification of the worth of young black nerds onscreen and off, and whether it works is up to them.
October 17, 2015
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Dope is a return to indie production for its director, Rick Famuyiwa, who has worked in and out of the Hollywood system since the mid-1990s. It has a lot of appealing elements: Moore and his co-stars, including Zoë Kravitz as an insouciant hipster, and Chanel Iman as a seductive party girl who makes a pretty lewd spectacle of herself; a euphoric, post-Tarantino soundtrack which saves its best till last; and a luscious, smokily sun-baked look from cinematographer, Rachel Morrison.
September 03, 2015
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Strip away some of the artifice and we’d most likely be queuing up to hail this as one of the boldest, most bracingly original films of the year. As things stand, for all the meticulous attention to detail, quotably snappy (if slightly affected) dialogue and bright performances (aside from the three leads, Zoë Kravitz and A$AP Rocky, making his acting debut, are particularly good) the story simply doesn’t measure up.
September 02, 2015
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