Crips and Bloods: Made in America Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
About.com
May 27, 2009
Stacy Peralta's insider glimpse at the lives of LA gangs is a genuine shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 3, 2009
Peralta is a compassionate filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stan Hall
Oregonian
March 13, 2009
The film works best as a history lesson of the L.A. black experience, arguing that economic neglect, institutional racism and covert government operations fueled the 1965 and 1992 riots and created the leadership vacuum in which gangs took root.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
March 1, 2009
Stacy Peralta's visual style and sense of storytelling when applied to a weightier subject than surfing or skating actually works surprisingly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 20, 2009
Deals almost entirely in known facts, but it's still a revelatory film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 20, 2009
Don't miss this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
February 6, 2009
Stacy Peralta's documentary traces the emergence of gangs in L.A., as well as their contexts and causes.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
January 27, 2009
A solid picture that leaves much for discussion, Crips and Bloods maps the paths, even if it leaves some lots vacant along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 23, 2009
The movie feels less like a traditional documentary than an educational video. But it works the way he wants it to: you'll walk out feeling both enlightened and dismayed.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
January 21, 2009
Expect to well up while watching emotional tableaus of grieving mothers burying their babies at funerals and simply staring blankly into the camera with tears streaming down their pained faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
January 21, 2009
It's a lot to take in, and Peralta does an admirable job cramming tons of history and insight into his reportage on how the 'hood came to be.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 19, 2008
A breathlessly edited doc about gang warfare in L.A.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 15, 2008
Peralta's presentation is so concise and efficient that it often overshadows the fact that some of his doc's contentions aren't particularly novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
February 4, 2008
Effective and selectively comprehensive, fascinating and frustrating.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 30, 2008
A doc with the thrust of entertainment, but the content of a thoughtfully researched book.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 23, 2009
Crips and Bloods hasn't been made out of moral anger or a sense of conspiracy. As matters of journalism, sociology, and humanitarianism, the movie is incurious at best. At worst, it's a recruitment video.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 23, 2009
With Crips and Bloods: Made in America, the director Stacy Peralta manages to put a human face on a subject that tends to inspire inflamed debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Drew Toal
Time Out
January 21, 2009
The self-perpetuating cycle of hopelessness, ignorance and poverty is certainly a depressing spectacle. But it's not a very revelatory one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2008
Although the film's strength is clearly its definitive point of view, this perspective sometimes comes at the expense of a more rigorously objective treatment.
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