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Tupac - Resurrection (2003)

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78

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 19

There's no question where the director's loyalty lies in this one-sided tribute; however, Tupac's charisma makes this doc an engaging sit.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 8

There's no question where the director's loyalty lies in this one-sided tribute; however, Tupac's charisma makes this doc an engaging sit.

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Many unauthorized video titles have been released about the life of rap superstar Tupac Shakur. Tupac: Resurrection is the only one to be both executive produced by his mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur, and benefit from access to the MTV archives. The documentary is the feature-length debut for director Lauren Lazin, who has created several highly rated programs for both MTV and PBS. Using voice-overs, interviews, and other vocal tracks recorded by the late artist himself, the film

Jun 15, 2004

$7.6M

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It's amazing stuff.

November 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It never addresses the problem that the more Tupac opens his mouth to explain what his music is or isn't about, and what role in society it is or isn't supposed to serve, the more obvious it becomes that his views aren't reflected in the actual music.

November 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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It's great to hear a person no longer with us captured so bountifully in interviews, talking and even bubbling about his friends, his legacy and his scrapes.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
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[An] absorbing experience.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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While Tupac: Resurrection includes some never-before- seen family photos and performance footage, and excerpts from the late rapper's journals, it offers little in the way of new information or insight into the rapper's world.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Fans, of course, will devour this film, but there's plenty to chew on for the uninitiated as well.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It'd be easy to write off Paramount's Tupac: Resurrection as a cheap publicity stunt.

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Tupac's evolution as an artist showed us a young man who was an activist, involved in the community, who showed signs of becoming a more self-aware and self-critical artist, as his music moved from the political to the personal.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Gripping documentary, see it with your teens.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The winning conceit of producer/director Lauren Lazin's flamboyant documentary about the life of Tupac Shakur is that the late rapper's voice is the primary source the audience hears.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Whether he's dead or alive, this film reveals Tupac to be a scared, skinny kid with a gun, and a vulnerable human being who could easily be pierced by bullets, just like the rest of us.

May 25, 2007 | Comments (3)
Afro-American

A dishearteningly incomplete portrait.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

The film would have been strengthened if it had been a little more willing to challenge Tupac's behaviour.

August 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

A must-see not only for fans of Shakur's music but for anyone who appreciates a well-told life story.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The film gives a fine sense of why Shakur's fans carry the torch for his legacy. But it's better from the perspective of that spirit on the streets, not up in the clouds.

November 20, 2003 Full Review

Content to be a kind of Valentine to the slain rapper -- so reliant on recycled MTV footage that it feels more like a Behind the Music special than a feature film.

November 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A balanced, insightful portrait of the provocative hip-hop icon.

November 19, 2003
Reel.com

Docs like this help to banish the fear of movie audiences that non-fiction pics are nothing but talking-heads bore-fests.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

A revelation.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

"Tupac: Resurrection" is one of the most eerie documentaries you'll ever see.

November 17, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

MTV offers an airbrushed portrait that does nothing but perpetuate the myth of an 'angelic' hoodlum.

November 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Take away the typical lush life or hard life images you associate with rap, and Shakur's struggles are common

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Lazin's documentary may be somewhat one-sided -- Afeni Shakur's involvement guaranteed that -- but it's still immensely enlightening, and a genuine gift to Tupac's fans.

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Don't expect investigative reporting.... Tupac: Resurrection is a trip through a man's head.

November 15, 2003 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

Tupac sold more records after his death than when he was alive. Ultimately forsaking clarity and insight, Tupac: Resurrection is geared firmly towards that audience.

November 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Tupac - Resurrection

One of my favorite documentaries of all time. Even if you never listened too Tupac, or rap all that much, you'd still probably be interested in the story of his life, if you gave this movie a shot.
June 27, 2007
bhobbs1985

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Undeniably more faithful to how a biopic movie than others. 2Pac was one of the greatest Rappers out there, & I'm thankful I got a chance to meet this guy at the age of 6 (one year after I met Chris Wallace). I was a Compton boy.

May his soul rest in peace.
May 27, 2010
Frisby2007
Frisby 2007

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this movie a lot. An absorbing, unique documentary that really depicts how remarkable of a person Tupac was. And I don't even like rap music.
November 19, 2006
michaelcorleone

Super Reviewer

This was a pretty amazing documentary. I was legitimately mesmerized by some of Tupac's interviews, which are very effectively used as narration for the entire film. He was a true poet, and I'm not sure that I've ever seen anybody express themselves so eloquently and with such persuasion as he did when he was talking about something he was passionate about. Great stuff.
January 3, 2013
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