Notorious (Unrated)

Notorious (Unrated)
Notorious (Unrated)
  • NR
  • 2h 9m
  • 2009
Rotten51%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Notorious is the story of Christopher Wallace who, through raw talent and sheer determination, transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler to become the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. This story charts his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectation. Produced by Voletta Wallace (BIG's mother), Wayne Barrowman and Mark Pitts (BIG's managers), Notorious challenges us all to redefine our notion of what is "The American Dream."

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten51%
Critics Consensus: A biopic that lacks the luster of its subject, Notorious is generic rise-and-fall fare that still functions as a primer for those less familiar with the work and life of the hip hop icon.
Reviews
Little White Lies
Henry Barnes
Rotten

The inclusion of real-life footage and re-enacted YouTube clips is an interesting idea, but with e...

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Xan Brooks
Fresh

Now in blows the myth of the myth: a brashly entertaining biopic.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddlestone
Rotten

As mainstream hip hop becomes ever more predictable, so do the biopics about its stars.

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

A fitfully fascinating rise-and-demise yarn that will probably leave hip-hop fans underwhelmed whi...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gritty, affecting rapper biopic is too intense for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie about a real life rapper whose life was full of drugs, sex, and ultimately lethal violence. Because the movie is well made and exciting, kids might feel it glamorizes his way of life. The gritty-but-moving biopic takes an unflinching look at the life and death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. Raised on the hard-scrabble streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the groundbreaking musician carried guns, dealt drugs, went to prison, fell in love, cheated on his wife (and his girlfriend) ... and was gunned down at the age of 24. All of these events and more unfold onscreen -- accompanied by strong profanity, drinking, nudity, violence, and drug use -- making for a movie that's not only too intense for early teens and younger but one that demands discussion with older teens.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:January 16, 2009
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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