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Crips and Bloods: Made in America Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

Stacy Peralta's insider glimpse at the lives of LA gangs is a genuine shocker.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 27, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Crips and Bloods hasn't been made out of moral anger or a sense of conspiracy. As matters of journalism, sociology, and humanitarianism, the movie is incurious at best. At worst, it's a recruitment video.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

April 23, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Peralta is a compassionate filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 3, 2009
Stan Hall
Oregonian

The film works best as a history lesson of the L.A. black experience, arguing that economic neglect, institutional racism and covert government operations fueled the 1965 and 1992 riots and created the leadership vacuum in which gangs took root.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

March 13, 2009
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

Stacy Peralta's visual style and sense of storytelling when applied to a weightier subject than surfing or skating actually works surprisingly well.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 69/100

March 1, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Deals almost entirely in known facts, but it's still a revelatory film.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Don't miss this.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2009
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Stacy Peralta's documentary traces the emergence of gangs in L.A., as well as their contexts and causes.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 6/10

February 6, 2009
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

A solid picture that leaves much for discussion, Crips and Bloods maps the paths, even if it leaves some lots vacant along the way.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 27, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The movie feels less like a traditional documentary than an educational video. But it works the way he wants it to: you'll walk out feeling both enlightened and dismayed.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

January 23, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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With Crips and Bloods: Made in America, the director Stacy Peralta manages to put a human face on a subject that tends to inspire inflamed debate.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 23, 2009
Drew Toal
Time Out New York
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The self-perpetuating cycle of hopelessness, ignorance and poverty is certainly a depressing spectacle. But it's not a very revelatory one.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

January 21, 2009
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

Expect to well up while watching emotional tableaus of grieving mothers burying their babies at funerals and simply staring blankly into the camera with tears streaming down their pained faces.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 21, 2009
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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It's a lot to take in, and Peralta does an admirable job cramming tons of history and insight into his reportage on how the 'hood came to be.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 21, 2009
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A breathlessly edited doc about gang warfare in L.A.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

August 19, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Peralta's presentation is so concise and efficient that it often overshadows the fact that some of his doc's contentions aren't particularly novel.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 15, 2008
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Although the film's strength is clearly its definitive point of view, this perspective sometimes comes at the expense of a more rigorously objective treatment.

March 10, 2008
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

Effective and selectively comprehensive, fascinating and frustrating.

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

February 4, 2008
Robert Koehler
Variety
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A doc with the thrust of entertainment, but the content of a thoughtfully researched book.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 30, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

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