• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Damon Dash
    In Theaters:
    May 7, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 30, 2005
  • TLA Releasing


97% Ghostbusters Aug 29
28% As Above/So Below Aug 29
36% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
76% The Congress Aug 29

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $17.2M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16.7M
37% If I Stay $15.7M
21% Let's Be Cops $10.8M
18% When The Game Stands Tall $8.4M
34% The Expendables 3 $6.5M
32% The Giver $6.4M
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6.3M
66% The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.3M
19% Into The Storm $3.8M

Coming Soon

—— Innocence Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
—— The Identical Sep 05
67% Thunder and the House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05

New Episodes Tonight

—— Jonah From Tonga: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

75% The Cosmopolitans: Season One
100% Defiance: Season 2
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Death of a Dynasty Reviews

Page 1 of 1
Todd Gilchrist

Truly terrible for plenty of reasons, not the least of which being Damon Dash's barely competent directing.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

May 2, 2005
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic IconTop Critic

There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 28, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A mockumentary that veers unsteadily between satire and an infomercial for Dash's Roc-A-Fella records.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 29, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Half home movie, half product placement, and almost completely worthless.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

April 29, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This narcissistic mockumentary is less a film than a full-length promotional video for Roc-a-Fella Records mogul/director Damon Dash.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2005
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sure, having bottles of Armadale vodka crammed into every other shot could be read as a pointed swipe at crass endorsements of luxury liquors. But when you know Armadale is owned by Roc-A-Fella, it looks a lot like crass product placement.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2005

E! Online

Definitely funny as the hip-hop world pokes fun at itself and others, but it's frequently pointless, especially as the "plot" unfolds.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B-

April 29, 2005

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 1/4

April 29, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Death of a Dynasty is fun stuff, and this is coming from a guy who hasn't bought a hip-hop CD since NWA broke up.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 2, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

An amiably raucous, scorched-earth mockumentary about the Roc-A-Fella hip-hop kingdom under the proprietorship of CEO Damon Dash.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

April 20, 2005
Peter L'Official
Village Voice
Top Critic IconTop Critic

In Dynasty, even caricature becomes commodity.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Dash is a good sport in poking barbed fun at the PR machinations of today's music business.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2005
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Death of a Dynasty is, like the music it parodies: aggressive, over-the-top, louder than life and in your face.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 28, 2005
Anita Gates
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Watching Damon Dash's playful movie is like entering a room where a large, too noisy party is going on and never fully adjusting to the dark or the din.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2005
Damon C. Williams
Philadelphia Daily News

Death of a Dynasty accomplishes what it set out to do -- to make a few laughs.

April 29, 2005
Trevor Johnston
Time Out New York
Top Critic IconTop Critic
August 16, 2007
David Rooney
Top Critic IconTop Critic
April 9, 2009

Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic
June 24, 2006

Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic
November 17, 2011
Page 1 of 1
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile