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Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
[I]t might have been nice if the documentary had worked a bit harder to find a real internal narrative.
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
October 2, 2012
While it's uncertain if A Tribe Called Quest will ever get back together and play again, it's quite certain fans will love and appreciate BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST as their final encore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
November 4, 2011
Rappaport covers a huge spectrum of voices and opinions, and the themes he explores get into personal relationships -- something everyone can relate to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 16, 2011
Rapaport, clearly a fan, is able to capture both the ongoing love and the tension within the band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 15, 2011
This authorized documentary is more of a celebration of the legendary Queens quartet than a serious exploration of their art. But considering how brilliant they were at their peak, it's hard to disagree with the general sentiment.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 29, 2011
Warning: The bassline Ron Carter contrived for the classic cut 'Buggin' Out' is about as easy to dislodge from your brain as a 'Night Gallery' earwig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2011
Maybe I'm just a sucker for good old fashioned hip-hop, but I found Michael Rapaport's totally-by-the-numbers music doco [Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest] absolutely compelling.
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
This documentary therefore did exactly what a good music doco should do: brought people like me up to speed and, according to reports from more serious hip hop fans in the audience, provided lots of information that wasn't previously well known.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike Scott
August 12, 2011
An adoring, though enlightening, look at the tumultuous run of the influential hip-hop group.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
August 10, 2011
That mood of musical unity, of a sonic movement, is incredible, vibrantly recounted in Beats. It's more than just a documentary, it's a time capsule of hip hop originality and confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 10, 2011
The movie's value is in informing and illuminating, not provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
August 10, 2011
It's difficult to get a grasp on just what audience this documentary is made for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 9, 2011
Rapaport gets at the dynamics of a group that struggles even now to get along well enough to get paid - again.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 5, 2011
Despite accusations of nearly succumbing to spotlighting beefs over beats, the film comes off as an honest representation of a great group that's not to be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2011
A combination of timing, access, a visual aesthetic that reflects ATCQ's Afrocentric "surface philosophy" (as the crew's look is described) and, most importantly, story-conscious editing elevates the doc above the norm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
August 4, 2011
Even if you think you don't like hip-hop you may find yourself captivated by the musicality of A Tribe Called Quest, and that alone is reason to watch this documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 4, 2011
Respectful but not idolatrous, this is one 'Behind the Music' piece that even those who have never heard of the group can appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2011
Thanks to a particularly even-handed job by director Michael Rapaport, the story emerges as compelling, even for non-fans in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 31, 2011
If you want to know what hip-hop is all about, this 'rapumentary' is a fine place to start.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
July 30, 2011
It tells a real story that is both complex and coherent, putting ATCQ's impact on the level of what Dylan and The Beatles provided in their respective moments in musical history. And the argument is well made.
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