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Rize Reviews

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 5, 2005
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 5, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
July 3, 2005
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.
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
July 1, 2005
The dancing, which at first may seem purely ridiculous, becomes an expression of their tortured souls
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
Annlee Ellingson
July 1, 2005
As captured by LaChappelle, krumping is indeed compulsively watchable. But as packaged the experience of watching it falls short of being meaningful.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 1, 2005
[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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 1, 2005
Clowning and krumping are urban art and art therapy in motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 1, 2005
It's a feel-good film that actually makes you feel good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 30, 2005
A portrait of pure positivity, and it is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
June 29, 2005
An urban portrait as stirring as it is novel.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 27, 2005
It's an incomplete film. We don't get to know these kids well enough.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 27, 2005
...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.
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
June 27, 2005
Exhausting to watch, but impressive.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
June 26, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Orndorf
June 25, 2005
Offensive or enlightening? You tell me.
Full Review | Original Score: C-

Kansas City Star
June 24, 2005
Part mosh-pit melee, part epileptic seizure, the dancing on display in David LaChapelle's Rize is furiously violent and yet strikingly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 24, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 24, 2005
LaChapelle does offer a revealing slice of South Central life, but treads some dicey waters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2005
While the dance scenes are intoxicating, on-camera interviews with the participants are sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
June 24, 2005
Most emphatically a display of artists, as they think their way past all kinds of limits and celebrate their skills.
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