Owen Gleiberman
July 29, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Craig Brewer’s drama about a small-time Memphis pimp who cuts a homemade crunk tape walks an entrancing line between realism and pop mythology. Terrence Howard makes DJay a world unto himself; when he raps, it’s not a movieish lark — he’s out to save what’s left of his life.

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