Roll Bounce Reviews

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 26, 2005
This is the real deal, and it shows up the likes of pre-Eighties Xanadu and Roller Boogie poseurs with a funky, grooving panache that's all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice)
Boxoffice Magazine
September 26, 2005
An airy, nostalgic celebration of roller disco.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 24, 2005
... a shamelessly familiar concoction of dramatic cliches that recalls everything from Saturday Night Fever to Strictly Ballroom to Bring It On.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
September 24, 2005
as much a recollection of a simpler time or of growing up amidst a post-'60s backdrop as MTV's vacant reality show The 70's House
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Pam Grady
Reel.com
September 24, 2005
Mostly, Roll Bounce provides relatively wholesome family entertainment. And for parents of a certain age, it offers a nice trip down memory lane. At least for those who can stand those memories of themselves wearing all that polyester.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 23, 2005
Dialogue allusions to the Cosby Kids and 'What's Happening!!' are played for laughs, but they're apt: This is family-friendly youth fare
| Original Score: '3/4'
September 23, 2005
They capture the high-energy world of the disco era with retro costumes, some super-fly skating, and a soundtrack that makes you want to shake your groove thing (yeah, yeah).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 23, 2005
Bow Wow on roller skates: what more do you need to know?
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 23, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 23, 2005
A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
A failed nostalgia trip that chronicles the kitschy highlights of 1970s pop culture without actually ever capturing the personal or social atmosphere of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 23, 2005
If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
September 23, 2005
The film can't get its rhythms right, fluctuating wildly between comedy and pathos.
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
September 23, 2005
Lee and Vance rely on background music and constant pop culture references to evoke the decade, which is always the easiest (and least effective) approach. Only the character of Sweetness actually seems to belong in the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Harris
Jam! Movies
September 23, 2005
In terms of strict movie-making, Roll Bounce would have been better had it done more rolling along and less bouncing around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
September 23, 2005
The movie is unfocused and moves in fits and starts, but like Lee's other work, it's extremely good-natured, and its celebration of family and friendship will connect with its target audience.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 23, 2005
It's a movie that resists not just the temptations of the day, it resists doing or saying anything even moderately interesting about adolescence, single parenthood or a simpler time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
September 23, 2005
One of those movies that gets a couple of things exactly right.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 23, 2005
Roll Bounce features taut skate choreography, but its storytelling isn't nearly so coordinated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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