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Fear of a Black Hat Reviews

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October 25, 2003
The rap scene has always had its share of colourful characters that are already caricatures. Why is there a need to spoof it?
Read More | Original Score: 63/100
January 1, 2000
There's no plot to speak of, just gag after gag. Rap fans will likely love most of it; all others, flip a coin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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January 26, 2006
While individual interviews, pop-video parodies and album titles hit the mark, the film as a whole is insufficiently clear-cut in its satire of the bands' dubious antics and attitudes.
January 1, 2000
Not as fearless and sharp-edged as it could be -- but it provides a lot of laughs, and barbecues a few sacred cows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
This movie is not tightly-scripted or elegantly produced, but it is (for the most part) highly entertaining. For those who have been waiting for a sequel to Spinal Tap, this may be the best alternative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2002
Satire at its finest. Uproarious and endlessly creative.
| Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2002
It's like "CB-4" -- only funnier.
| Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2014
It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2007
The best hip-hop film of all.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
As it recounts the history of N.W.H., the film also manages to lampoon rap music and its archetypes, as well as poking fun at the venal, self-serving music-business types looking to grab easy money from the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Fear of a Black Hat is not brilliant, but it's bright enough.
January 1, 2000
Cundieff is perhaps most adept at skewering rap's self-important politics through Ice Cold's wonderfully improbable explanations of how songs such as 'Booty Juice' actually contain an important social message.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 20, 2003
If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 30, 2006
Inspired by This Is Spinal Tap, this mockumentary exposes the trials of a hardcore rap band, N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) with wild, irreverent humor and exuberant music.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 17, 2007
Borrowing intelligently from This is Spinal Tap, writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff has crafted a mock music documentary that is as irreverent, hilarious, and tough-minded as its model.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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