Tupac - Resurrection Reviews

Dennis Harvey
Variety
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July 23, 2008


Time Out
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June 24, 2006


Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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November 17, 2003

It's amazing stuff.

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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November 15, 2003

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.

Mike Clark
USA Today
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November 14, 2003

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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November 14, 2003

[An] absorbing experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tina Potterf
Seattle Times
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November 14, 2003

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sullivan
San Francisco Chronicle
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November 14, 2003

Fans, of course, will devour this film, but there's plenty to chew on for the uninitiated as well.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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November 14, 2003

As poignant as it is informative.

Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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November 14, 2003

Intriguing but ultimately frustrating.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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November 14, 2003

A story of violence, and it's superbly told.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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November 14, 2003

A strong film, with some genuinely revealing insights into the life of its charismatic and paradoxical subject.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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November 14, 2003

A captivating movie worth seeing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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November 14, 2003

The movie is like an extra-strength episode of MTV's Diary, which is like A&E Biography in the first person.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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November 14, 2003

An open-ended, honest portrait of a hugely talented young man.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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November 14, 2003

Let's assume you are a person who never intends to see a doc about rap music, but might have it in you to see one. This is the one.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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November 14, 2003

Earns its place as one piece of a pop-culture puzzle, a genuine reflection of a period that still echoes throughout the culture.

| Original Score: B
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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November 14, 2003

By the time you've heard the gunshot that signals his 1996 death, you will feel that this world lost a very important voice.

Marian Liu
San Jose Mercury News
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November 14, 2003

Even hard-core fans will learn something.

| Original Score: 3/4

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 14, 2003

Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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November 14, 2003

Tupac: Resurrection gives us a little bit of both but, more than that, leaves us with the impression that Tupac Shakur had a lot more left to say.

| Original Score: 2/4
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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November 14, 2003

While Resurrection provides a few precious moments of personal and social insight, it's basically just another product line in the endless marketing of Shakur as an urban martyr.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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November 14, 2003

Tupac's fierce charisma keeps this documentary watchable until the bitter end.

Sonia Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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November 13, 2003

It's unfortunate that his cinematic life is told with a collage of such static, uninvolving devices as scrapbook photos, journal entries, stock footage and oft-seen MTV interviews.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Larry Rodgers
Arizona Republic
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November 13, 2003

Offers mainstream America a look at Shakur's immense talent and the ever-expanding world of hip-hop music.

| Original Score: 4/5
Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
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November 13, 2003

A compelling piece of propaganda.

| Original Score: 3/4
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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November 13, 2003

As its title suggests, Tupac: Resurrection is less concerned with analyzing Shakur than with bringing him back to life, for which his fans can only be grateful. For everyone else, this film provides an affecting, partial portrait.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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November 13, 2003

Though we do feel the need of other voices to provide perspective, Tupac: Resurrection is even-handed for a single-point -of-view film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
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November 13, 2003

It's a tale told well, but from a definite perspective.

Full Review | Original Score: C+

AV Club
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November 13, 2003

Gene Seymour
Newsday
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November 13, 2003

A well-wrought, if highly subjective, introduction to Shakur, especially for the curious.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 13, 2003

This poignant, albeit overly poetic documentary claims to capture the slain actor/rapper 'in his own words.' That aspect of it doesn't totally work, but plenty else does.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
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November 13, 2003

[The film] never breathes long enough to revel in the magnetism and wit of a conflicted personality who burned through his talent like he knew he wasn't long for the world.

Kevin M. Williams
Chicago Tribune
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November 13, 2003

A kiss-up rather than a real examination of the rapper's life.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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November 12, 2003

Resonant and fascinating.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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November 11, 2003

The interview clips that comprise the sole voice-over are carefully chosen to illuminate both Pac's scorching charisma and debilitating paranoia.

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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November 7, 2003

A poet warrior of the first order emerges in this riveting chronicle of the brief life and times of rap superstar Tupac Shakur.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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November 4, 2003

Lazin's remarkable achievement is to catch Tupac in the act of discovering himself. It's something to see.

| Original Score: 3/4