Rize Reviews

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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.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 28, 2005
not much more than an extended infomercial
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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
FilmJerk.com
June 25, 2005
Offensive or enlightening? You tell me.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Smith
Film Journal International
October 27, 2005
David LaChapelle's documentary is a spirited but less-than-insightful look at contemporary youth culture in south-central Los Angeles.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2005
Rize isn't a revolution. It's a fashion shoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 7, 2005
Rize does not so much report on a cultural phenomenon as package it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
June 21, 2005
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.
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
June 24, 2005
LaChapelle gives the kids a platform, but he doesn't dare probe beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 6, 2005
Exuberant, colorful, viscerally exciting but overly flashy and sadly disorganized.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
August 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 2, 2005
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
Annlee Ellingson
FilmStew.com
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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 24, 2005
'Trend' or fad, Rize should endure as a piece of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 15, 2005
...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 | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2005
The most remarkable thing about Rize is that it is real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 23, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 31, 2005
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006

Boston Phoenix
July 5, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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