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Planet B-Boy Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

Great entertainment backed with profound social and cultural insight about the worldwide grass roots importance of breakdancing. After admiring the dancers' athleticism, you'll want to hit the gym.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 26, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Benson Lee's crackling 2007 video documentary follows five teams as they compete for a world title, with one amazing number after another showcasing the dancers' chorus-line precision, gymnastic athleticism, and thematic novelty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 17, 2008
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

What they all have in common, as Quik, a member of Japan's Ichigeki Crew, explains, is a passion for the border-busting power dance, movement as a movement, freedom of expression, wild-style.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

An exhilarating documentary about street dancers from around the globe.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 30, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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If Benson Lee's intention with Planet B-Boy was to set the record straight on the continuing story of break dancers, then his documentary has to be counted a success. With a few caveats.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 30, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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What's fun about Benson Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy isn't just the amazingly athletic displays of B-boys he puts on screen, but the film's sense of cultural discovery.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 30, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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If I could, I would spin on my head to express how much I enjoyed Planet B-Boy.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 16, 2008
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

While the film stresses how hip-hop unifies different cultures, it's interesting to see how each culture's youth has appropriated the principles of hip-hop for its own self-expression.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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The seemingly endless performances can be a bit much, but Lee's sensitivity to the need of these dancers to say something about themselves through dazzling moves is memorable.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Hip-hop fans should flock to Planet B-Boy to see what break dancing looks like around the world, but so should movie-musical and performance-art fans who love intelligent and aggressive improvisation and energy.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: B+

April 25, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Regardless of its shortcomings, there is a variety of break dancing on display here that will bring the viewer up to speed on the state of the art.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

April 24, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Planet B-Boy effortlessly makes the case that breakdancing is a genuine art form. Mixing ballet and the street, the crews are dazzling.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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An exuberant study of the ways competition and collaboration can team up when it comes to the creativity of these guys.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 11, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The battles in Benson Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy are exceptional. The movie's not bad, either.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2008
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a well-balance work that captures the often jaw dropping performances by the dancers.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 4, 2008
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net

After watching this movie, I felt like every nerve ending in my body was shooting sparks. No wonder these boys dedicate their lives to this dance. It's electrifying.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

March 30, 2008
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film overflows with displays of explosive dancing and does a superb job showing the form's incredible complexity and technical diversity.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

So while I might complain about some of Lee's filmmaking choices, I feel nothing but wonder and delight at seeing these dancers excel at something they love so passionately.

March 28, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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[Director] Lee makes a spirited and persuasive case for break dancing, not only as an art form of strength, beauty, discipline and instinct, but as a means of transcending caste and culture.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 27, 2008
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Planet B-Boy pays fitting homage to both breakers' impressive dance skills and the roots of hip-hop culture. Agile camerawork propels the narrative at a brisk pace, and crisp editing synchs rhythmically with the score's propulsive beat.

March 26, 2008
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