• PG-13, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Malcolm D. Lee
    In Theaters:
    Sep 23, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 13, 2005
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Roll Bounce Reviews

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2005
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice)
Boxoffice Magazine

An airy, nostalgic celebration of roller disco.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... a shamelessly familiar concoction of dramatic cliches that recalls everything from Saturday Night Fever to Strictly Ballroom to Bring It On.

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

September 24, 2005
Pete Croatto

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 24, 2005
Pam Grady

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

September 24, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 23, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs

Bow Wow on roller skates: what more do you need to know?

Full Review Source: PopMatters

September 23, 2005
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2005
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion.

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

September 23, 2005
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 23, 2005
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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The film can't get its rhythms right, fluctuating wildly between comedy and pathos.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 23, 2005
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star

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 Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2005
Bill Harris
Jam! Movies

In terms of strict movie-making, Roll Bounce would have been better had it done more rolling along and less bouncing around.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2005
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

September 23, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2005
M.E. Russell

One of those movies that gets a couple of things exactly right.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

September 23, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Roll Bounce features taut skate choreography, but its storytelling isn't nearly so coordinated.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 23, 2005
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