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Roll Bounce (2005)

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64

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 32

Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink.

58

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 13

Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink.

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Movie Info

A handful of inner-city kids move up to the big time in this teen-centric musical. Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), known to his friends as X, is a teenager growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the late '70s. X and his buddies are the hotshot skaters at the Palisades Gardens, a neighborhood roller rink where local kids roll to the latest disco sounds, but X loses his status as king of the hill when the Palisades closes down. With no skating action close by, X and his friends head uptown to the

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Norman Vance

Dec 13, 2005

$17.4M

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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (32) | DVD (11)

Sometimes a film wins you over with its sheer exuberance and sweetness.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It will remind you what it was like to be a teenager during the last few days of summer. And even though the plot is a little thin, you probably won't even notice until long after the music stops.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The end of the dismal summer movie season couldn't have been blessed with a more satisfying coda than the rollicking, funny, relentlessly cheery and genuinely touching spirit that makes Roll Bounce a captivating delight from start to finish.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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For the most part though, the honesty of the performances keeps everything afloat when it could drift into easy sentimentality.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

I enjoyed it in all its cheesiness.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

For some reason, teasing people about their skin color has become a big theme of brainless black comedies like this. Plus, it unfolds like one long Pepsi ad, with dialogue extolling the cola's virtues in virtually every scene.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: BlackNews.com | Comments (3)
BlackNews.com

Worthy of a 99-cent rental, if only so you can witness the howlingly awful performance by Wesley Jonathan as a self-appointed roller-disco mega-lord called "Sweetness." Kid had me in tears, I swear.

December 10, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Comment (1)
DVDTalk.com

Nothing about this film is as cathartic as it tries to make itself because the characters just aren't that absorbing. Instead of tugging your heart, it just spits in your eye.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This is the 40th "skating movie" to hit the screens since Charlie Chaplin's The Rink (1915). It is neither the best nor the worst of them - skater dudes may think its cool, but 25 years ago there was the much maligned Xanadu with ELO, ONJ and (sigh!) stil

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

A spunky, fun little film.

October 13, 2005 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

It would take a critic more churlish than this one to sneer and bare chickenlike talons at Roll Bounce

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The skating routines are a lot of fun to watch, filled with great choreography and backed by great tunes.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Actually one of the year's more pleasant surprises, though it misses being more than that through a combination of length and a sometimes sloppy, meandering screenplay.

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A nice blast of character-driven nostalgia with the best use of Charlie Murphy and Wayne Brady since Chapelle snapped.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Roll Bounce is the season's brightest, happiest surprise.

September 28, 2005 Full Review

The well-blended mix of music, humor, 70s swagger and poignancy allows "Roll Bounce" to stand out. Fun and touching.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Moviehole
Moviehole

Did I ever have fun at "Roll Bounce!"

September 27, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Bow Wow's movie has no bark and no bite.

September 27, 2005 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

There's something very sweet about Roll Bounce but it has nothing to do with the roller rink or the skating.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

...a serviceable and nostalgic coming-of-age kiddie comedy that resonates...has enough heart and soul to capture the giddy delight of its festive confines.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Cinematic cotton candy, but it goes down easily, even if there's not a lot of nourishment in it.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Bow Wow is up to the challenge. "Roll Bounce" is a fun flash back film that showcases black people in a positive light, and features a thumping soundtrack to boot.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Audience Reviews for Roll Bounce

At times, "Roll Bounce" feels a bit silly, but at it's core, it'a about a family in harsh times, as they see everyone around them having a good time. As X (Bow Wow) and his friends have faced the final days of their skate rink, they must choose to go over to the rich side of town to skate, where they run into old aquiantences and new rivals! The emotional tone of this film is phenomenal, seeing as this film goes from extremely silly to extremely heartfelt in seconds. I love the 70's feel of this film, it is done perfectly, and the music choices are fun. The direction is done well enough and the acting is very commendable. "Roll Bounce" is a very nice film to watch!
March 15, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I loved the detail in this movie, it really game it a 70's feel. All in all it's a fun film with some good smiles and laughs.
October 31, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Oh Meagen Good, I melt just seeing your lips, god! This movie was very good and it really made me feel young again.

1970s roller-skate jams fuel this coming-of-age comedy, as X and his friends, who rule their local rink, are shocked when their home base goes out of business. Heading over to the Sweetwater Roller Rink, they find their modest talents are, at first, no competition for their trick skaters and pretty girls who follow their every move.
April 3, 2010
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Manu Gino

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Somewhat of a corny movie. I watched it on TV because I spent time at our local roller rink as well in the 60's and 70's. It has a formula story-line. Down-trodden kid (Bow Wow) skates off against the uptown team, solving his family and girl problems all in one 90 minute movie.
January 4, 2009
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