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12 O'clock Boys Reviews

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June 21, 2016
The filmmaking on 12 O'Clock Boys is masterfully even-handed and fastidiously detailed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 2, 2015
This defiance of the law, combined with the skill, speed and excitement, is part of the romance that draws Pug and other kids into the biker life. It is like the wild west.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 21, 2014
The result is evocative and compelling, even if it doesn't offer much context or socioeconomic insight into its broader subject.
March 5, 2014
There's no balance of perspective, but what the feature lacks in fullness it makes up for in pure energy, extracting a sense of life in motion as its influence by a false sense of security.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 13, 2014
A short, pungent, ambiguous portrait of the poorer sections of Baltimore and the young men who get their kicks riding dirt bikes through the streets en masse, popping wheelies and dodging the police.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2014
For a first-time filmmaker, Nathan achieves a remarkable balance, presenting each side with very little bias.
February 10, 2014
Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan explores the outlaw appeal of an inner-city Baltimore dirt-bike gang through the eyes of a 13-year-old wannabe member named Pug.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 5, 2014
One of the more unique looks at the Other America to come down the line in recent years
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 5, 2014
It's the rare film that gets deep into low income inner city life and zeroes in on what motivates those whom society tends to forget.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2014
An arresting nonfiction look at a subculture of young African-American dirt-bike enthusiasts who view their hobby as a ride-or-die proposition -- a dangerous way to act out proxy battles with authority.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 3, 2014
Well-edited and often thrilling, but leaves you with more questions than answers and feels incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.95/10
January 31, 2014
An exciting, beautifully shot look at a subculture through the eyes of one of its most devoted admirers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 31, 2014
It's important to remember that not every day is a joy ride. 12 O'Clock Boys is also a portrait of a family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 31, 2014
12 O'Clock Boys shows the culture for what it is: thrilling, compelling and more than a little dangerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2014
This slice-of-life effort presents a complicated picture when it comes to the world of urban dirt biking, acknowledging the dangers involved while celebrating its utility as an outlet for the pent-up emotions of a people left behind by society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2014
Lotfy Nathan's hand-held camerawork, combined with a snappy hip-hop soundtrack, gives the documentary a sense of immediacy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2014
It's positive, it's inspiring, it's beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 31, 2014
That Nathan is able to cover so much ground in a mere 76 minutes makes 12 O'Clock Boys all the more remarkable and essential.
January 31, 2014
It could have romanticized its subjects, portraying them as outlaws and folk heroes. Or it could have gone the way of moral panic. To its credit, [it] does neither of these things - or, rather, it does both, in the most subtle and insightful way possible.
January 31, 2014
Take a closer look, as Lofty Nathan does in his freewheeling debut feature... and bike gangs like the 12 O'Clock Boys start to differentiate as more than just a dangerous nuisance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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