Gregory Kirschling
May 02, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Biggie & Tupac

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/27/02
director
Nick Broomfield
distributor
Lions Gate Films
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

For a guy being implicated in murder (which he has long denied), rap mogul Suge Knight comes off as an awfully big pussycat when he appears at the gutsy climax of Nick Broomfield’s absorbing documentary exploration into who gunned down hip-hop’s most famous martyrs. Courtney Love, the villain in Broomfield’s previous Kurt & Courtney, was scarier; that film also built up a more spine-tingling atmosphere of conspiracy and dread. But Broomfield, dryly self-mocking and likable in spite of his necessary shamelessness on camera, is uncannily good at coaxing both smoking-gun testimony from shady characters and affecting testimonials from the bereaved, including Biggie’s proud but heartbroken mother, Voletta.

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