The Hate U Give
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If Tillman ties it all together a little neatly, he’s already served up a message that feels too fresh and important to dismiss — not of hate but of hope, and faith that even if sharing these stories can’t magically fix what’s broken, telling them still matters.
Without compromising the complexity of the issues raised, or condescending to the youth of its protagonists, The Hate U Give strides with absorbing, intelligent certainty through the desperately dangerous, uneven terrain of racially divided America.
It’s a film that contains multitudes, and only asks for a world willing to do the same.
The A.V. Club
This is a film that’s tense from its earliest moments and tragic shortly thereafter, but never does it feel gratuitously punishing.
This is mass-market entertainment with a radical bent, a loudspeaker blast of a teen movie.
It strikes a perfect balance between being a coming-of-age story nestled in a family narrative on the one hand, and a social drama on the other. And in never sacrificing either of those two interests, it becomes a strong example of both.
Despite the melodramatic ending, you leave the theater wanting to root for the film and its characters.
It doesn’t take a dystopian future or a sci-fi bent to present a teenage girl who faces enormous stakes and near-constant potential for violence, and The Hate U Give represents Hollywood’s first real ability to recognize that.
The Hollywood Reporter
Viewers who've actually been in the protest trenches may long for a grittier take. But in sanitizing some aspects of this experience, The Hate U Give brings the world of protest and agitation a little closer to those whose privilege has made it relatively easy to ignore.
The film lays out the complexities of contemporary race relations with a deliberateness that frequently edges over into didacticism.
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