Light It Up Reviews

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Kate Manning
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 19, 2002
"The Breakfast Club" in the Ghetto
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Vanessa Williams adds marquee value as a police negotiator.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
The protagonists of Light It Up seem strangely tender and vulnerable, and the movie does a remarkable job of making their plight moving.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Craig Bolotin dares what few filmmakers have when dealing with such volatile subject matter; he takes the teens' side.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly effective.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Strong acting, tense plot.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
A fairly thoughtful look at the dangers of stereotyping and closed-minded thinking.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
It has moments of effectiveness, some of the performances are moving, and the power-producer couple of Tracey E. Edmonds and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds obviously have only the best of community-minded, non-exploitative intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Light It Up challenges the bureaucratic structure that condemns many children to an educational purgatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A deluge of movies is set to be released in the next three weeks. One that should not be lost in the flood is Light It Up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Light It Up benefits from affecting performances from a gifted cast headed by R&B heartthrob Usher Raymond.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Reel.com
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B+
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
Chuck Walton
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 17, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Gemma Files
eye WEEKLY
January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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