Fear of a Black Hat Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
May 30, 2014
It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 17, 2007
Borrowing intelligently from This is Spinal Tap, writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff has crafted a mock music documentary that is as irreverent, hilarious, and tough-minded as its model.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
The best hip-hop film of all.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
June 30, 2006
Inspired by This Is Spinal Tap, this mockumentary exposes the trials of a hardcore rap band, N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) with wild, irreverent humor and exuberant music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
While individual interviews, pop-video parodies and album titles hit the mark, the film as a whole is insufficiently clear-cut in its satire of the bands' dubious antics and attitudes.
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
October 25, 2003
The rap scene has always had its share of colourful characters that are already caricatures. Why is there a need to spoof it?
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
Satire at its finest. Uproarious and endlessly creative.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
It's like "CB-4" -- only funnier.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Cundieff is perhaps most adept at skewering rap's self-important politics through Ice Cold's wonderfully improbable explanations of how songs such as 'Booty Juice' actually contain an important social message.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Michael Snyder
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
As it recounts the history of N.W.H., the film also manages to lampoon rap music and its archetypes, as well as poking fun at the venal, self-serving music-business types looking to grab easy money from the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Fear of a Black Hat is not brilliant, but it's bright enough.
Alvaro Rodriguez
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There's no plot to speak of, just gag after gag. Rap fans will likely love most of it; all others, flip a coin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not as fearless and sharp-edged as it could be -- but it provides a lot of laughs, and barbecues a few sacred cows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This movie is not tightly-scripted or elegantly produced, but it is (for the most part) highly entertaining. For those who have been waiting for a sequel to Spinal Tap, this may be the best alternative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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