Wild Style Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 10, 2008
Charlie Ahearn's groundbreaking film about hip-hop, graffiti, break dancing, and rap in eighties New York celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new 35-mm. print.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Mixing early-'80s nostalgia with mild social anthropology, the film successfully crystallises the optimism and vivacity of the early New York hip hop scene and suggests that film and TV portrayals of the Bronx as a savage and inhospitable hellhole were pe
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Wild Style lacks a lot of the style of the people in it, but it never neutralizes their vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sasha Frere-Jones
Village Voice
September 16, 2003
Hip-hop rolls on tractor treads now, unafraid to colonize those who hesitate, but in 1982 it was small, self-selecting, and as specific to New York as the World Trade Center.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 29, 2001
It's a fascinating time capsule, worth examining for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip hop.
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2001
The pacing is slow -- inexcusable in a film about music -- except when hip-hop takes over, and Ahearn wisely gives plenty of screen time to the likes of Busy Bee, Rock Steady Crew, and Fab Five Freddy.