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Crips and Bloods: Made in America Reviews

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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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 3, 2009
Peralta is a compassionate filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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.
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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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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.
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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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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 30, 2008
A doc with the thrust of entertainment, but the content of a thoughtfully researched book.