| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Peralta is a compassionate filmmaker.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Deals almost entirely in known facts, but it's still a revelatory film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The self-perpetuating cycle of hopelessness, ignorance and poverty is certainly a depressing spectacle. But it's not a very revelatory one.
| Original Score: 3/6
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.
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.
A doc with the thrust of entertainment, but the content of a thoughtfully researched book.