I come from the old school and prefer to dance with a partner, but you have to admire the fitness and stamina these kids must have to perform at breakneck speed.
With a running time of only 84 minutes, Rize frequently feels padded. However, there's no denying the fascination of watching these bodies in motion and the ascendency of a new, American-born art form.
| Original Score: 3/5
Krumping isn't a fad for the amazing young people we meet in RIZE; it's a lifeline. And for LaChapelle, it's a triumphant first documentary feature.
The dancing, which at first may seem purely ridiculous, becomes an expression of their tortured souls
| Original Score: 73/100
As captured by LaChappelle, krumping is indeed compulsively watchable. But as packaged the experience of watching it falls short of being meaningful.
[LaChapelle's] not the world's best documentarian, but he saw something that needed chronicling. So he turned his camera on the krumpers and let them do the rest. Smart choice.
| Original Score: B
Clowning and krumping are urban art and art therapy in motion.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's a feel-good film that actually makes you feel good.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A portrait of pure positivity, and it is spectacular.
An urban portrait as stirring as it is novel.
It's an incomplete film. We don't get to know these kids well enough.
...you get the feeling LaChapelle either missed something or simply didn't want to see any possible influences from "white" pop culture. They're there.
Exhausting to watch, but impressive.
| Original Score: 3/4
Whenever we see them, they are either dancing or talking about dancing. We don't see their everyday lives, and hence don't get a feel for who they are.
| Original Score: B-
Offensive or enlightening? You tell me.
| Original Score: C-
Part mosh-pit melee, part epileptic seizure, the dancing on display in David LaChapelle's Rize is furiously violent and yet strikingly beautiful.
LaChapelle reveals the captivating qualities of gritty street dancing, and his film is a touching story of hope, vitality and art rising from the bleakest conditions.
LaChapelle does offer a revealing slice of South Central life, but treads some dicey waters.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
While the dance scenes are intoxicating, on-camera interviews with the participants are sobering.
Most emphatically a display of artists, as they think their way past all kinds of limits and celebrate their skills.