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The Cool World Reviews

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November 20, 2017
Clarke's images endow the characters' energies with a sculptural grandeur and embrace street life with a keenly attentive, unsentimental avidity.
March 27, 2012
It certainly had a visceral impact when it first appeared, helped enormously by Baird Bryant's cinematography and Dizzy Gillespie's score.
February 23, 2012
Sometimes the characters get a bit lost in the general schematics of the pic, which at times waters down its underlying irony. But, overall, Clarke has a firm hold on her characters and story.
September 13, 2015
An eye-opening film that captures ghetto life back in the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 27, 2012
A truly unmissable, unforgettable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 17, 2016
The only thing that could make this world cooler would be a gun, and in the boy's quest to acquire one from a local hustler, Clarke shows a needy child maturing into a hardened criminal.
March 27, 2012
As we've come to expect of Miss Clarke's pictures, it is boldly and studiously styled as a literal documentation of a particular social scene, and its attack is more that of the reporter than of the interested teller of a tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
March 27, 2012
Often crudely photographed, but with a brilliantly multi-layered sound-track which integrates some fine jazz.
March 27, 2012
This little alleycat film captures the day-to-day desperation of the ghetto world, mainlining its images with transfusions of eclectic jazz background.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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