Light It Up Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
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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
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Vanessa Williams adds marquee value as a police negotiator.
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The problem is the movie is too predictable--so predictable that it keeps it from truly generating suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Strong acting, tense plot.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Painfully obvious and cliched.
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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.
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Bolotin repeatedly reminds the viewer of his lack of imagination.
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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
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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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The dialogue is ridiculous and condescending.
| Original Score: 1.5/4