• Rize
    2 minutes 57 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Rize Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's an incomplete film. We don't get to know these kids well enough.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 27, 2005
Chris Barsanti

not much more than an extended infomercial

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 28, 2005
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

June 26, 2005
Brian Orndorf

Offensive or enlightening? You tell me.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C-

June 25, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The dance phenomenon appeals to the self-identifying needs we all want satisfied, but the doc is weighted down with far too much self promotion.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 21, 2005
Matthew Smith
Film Journal International

David LaChapelle's documentary is a spirited but less-than-insightful look at contemporary youth culture in south-central Los Angeles.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 27, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Rize isn't a revolution. It's a fashion shoot.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2005
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Rize does not so much report on a cultural phenomenon as package it.

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

July 7, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

...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.

June 27, 2005
Ed Halter
Village Voice
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Few of the interviews get much further than recording surface boasts and assertive self-definitions; LaChapelle connects all their stories with common threads of resisting gang culture, but at the expense of flattening out each person's character.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 21, 2005
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

LaChapelle gives the kids a platform, but he doesn't dare probe beneath the surface.

Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2005
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

LaChapelle does offer a revealing slice of South Central life, but treads some dicey waters.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 24, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Exuberant, colorful, viscerally exciting but overly flashy and sadly disorganized.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

July 6, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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It's a well-known truth in the dance world that the body doesn't lie. As long as the characters in this film are dancing, we have little reason to doubt their sincerity. But once turned into talking heads, the dancers begin to sound like propagandists.

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

August 5, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

It's as if he forgot he was making a gritty documentary and found himself shooting a Christina Aguilera video.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 2, 2005
Annlee Ellingson

As captured by LaChappelle, krumping is indeed compulsively watchable. But as packaged the experience of watching it falls short of being meaningful.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

July 1, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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'Trend' or fad, Rize should endure as a piece of history.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

June 24, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...succeeds as joyous entertainment so long as the bodies are flying, but dancers only seem to fly. What goes up usually comes down.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

July 15, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The most remarkable thing about Rize is that it is real.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Clowning and krumping are urban art and art therapy in motion.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2005
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 23, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
December 31, 2005
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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May 12, 2006

Boston Phoenix
July 5, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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