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Turn It Up (2000)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 35

Reviewers say Turn It Up has a derivative feel, running through too many urban movie cliches.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 13

Reviewers say Turn It Up has a derivative feel, running through too many urban movie cliches.



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Prakazrel Michel, better known as Pras from the top-selling R&B group The Fugees, stars in this urban drama based on both his solo album Ghetto Superstar and his novel of the same name. Diamond (Pras) is an up-and-coming musician who is trying to use his creative gifts to work his way out of the ghetto after the traumatic death of his mother. But he soon discovers that the music industry is nearly as corrupt and dangerous as the streets he's trying to leave behind, and Diamond is guided into a


Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Robert Adetuyi

Mar 20, 2001


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Turn It Up is a hip-hop downer that makes the high-risk high-life of contempo gangstas seem glumly routine.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Surprisingly, for a movie about music, the sound is lousy. Some of the songs sound distorted because they have so much bass. In other moments, the dialogue is so low, it's hard to understand what the characters are saying.

March 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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It has action and violence, to be sure, but it may prove considerably more serious and uncompromising than its audience expected.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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As both writer and director, Adetuyi doesn't bother bringing any emotional or psychological twists or nuances to these familiar character types; he gives them no depth whatsoever.

January 1, 2000
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The film uses every standard urban drama story line in the book.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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As soon as an idea worth pursuing pops up, the plot shoots it down in a literal hail of bullets.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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In the final analysis it's more exploitative than uplifting.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It lacks characters engaging enough to keep us involved.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Never aspires to be more than an excuse for Pras and Ja Rule to flash their ultra-sleek MTV fashions for 90 minutes.

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

It lacks the originality and integrity that might have allowed the movie to breakout from the pack rather than sticking with it.

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Even the soundtrack ... sounds like leftovers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Making the 'ambitious kid looking to escape the wrong side of the tracks' a rapper doesn't make the story fresh.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's not a trace of irony as this glib, sense-numbing action fantasy has it both ways: violence without personal consequences and decisions without repercussions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

When the actors aren't speaking, they strut upon the stage with impressive verve. But when they start reading their lines, you realize how vacuous the script is.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

A lot of movies are predictable, of course, but this one seems inordinately determined to squash its characters (and performers) flat with its lack of imagination.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

This is perhaps the worst film of its kind to see a theatrical release.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Plays through every cliche imaginable with its clunky dialogue.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

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