Light It Up Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
Snuff it out!
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 18, 2005
...isn't so much a bad movie as an unfinished movie
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 19, 2002
"The Breakfast Club" in the Ghetto
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Too often writer/directors such as Light It Up's Craig Bolotin don't take the time to create a plausible plot and realistic dialog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
It begins as a high school comedy romp and then abruptly turns into a TV cop show-caliber thriller.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A laughably disconnected hostage drama.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Never gets beyond stereotypes.
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The dialogue is ridiculous and condescending.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Painfully obvious and cliched.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Craig Bolotin wants to get our motors racing, our minds pondering and our hearts pumping. Laudable goals; shaky results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven Boone
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
The exposition that rushes us into the police standoff is so painfully forced and phony that the only way to keep watching the movie is to take it as either dark comedy or one of those cheap Die Hard knockoffs.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Bolotin repeatedly reminds the viewer of his lack of imagination.
George Meyer
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
Overblown story.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
Usher doesn't have the forceful, charismatic presence needed to convince as the ringleader of a group of such headstrong individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
A well-meaning, yet derivative, film of this sort is basically made or broken by the writing and portrayals of the characters, and both aspects are unsatisfactorily handled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Aileo Weinmann
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Light It Up smolders and spits out some smoke, but no fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A sluggish, superficial mess.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Radically dumb.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Nelson, Whitaker and their talented, young co-stars give this film most of whatever juice it has.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Decent, but hardly original, the film has enough moments and decent performances to keep things interesting.
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