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

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Death of a Dynasty Reviews

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Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
DVDTalk.com

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Variety
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