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Freestyle Reviews

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September 24, 2004
The film's conventions have become hip-hop doc clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2005
there's too little evidence that freestyling in itself deserves even the short 75 minutes allotted for this film
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 23, 2004
Not since the groundbreaking Wild Style has there been a hip-hop film this exciting to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 16, 2004
A solid documentary that examines the art's roots, from ad-libs by black preachers to 'toasts' delivered by Jamaican immigrants over instrumental tracks in the '70s South Bronx.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2004
The skills on display in Freestyle are too varied and idiosyncratic for one movie to contain, but this one at least offers a heady, rousing education in an art form that is too often misunderstood.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 21, 2002
Ebullient hip-hop documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2004
Despite cloying narration, Fitzgerald's footage and interviews are fantastic.
July 19, 2004
Impromtu energy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 27, 2004
The only downside of watching the movie? The rhythm gets you, and you're likely not going to want to sit still in your seat.
July 23, 2004
Even if you have no previous interest in or extensive knowledge of hip-hop, Freestyle will draw you in, accomplishing that rare feat of making the creative process interesting while also telling a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 8, 2002
Makes for an interesting close-up on an art form whose intricacies could all too easily go unnoticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 16, 2004
Where 2001's Scratch focused on 'turntablism' and the art of the DJ, Kevin Fitzgerald's brief but engaging documentary takes a look at those who do the actual rapping -- the MCs
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 16, 2004
Dispels myths about the 'gangsta' aura that clings to rap and shows this poetry of the streets in all its different forms: social protest, entertainment and aggression.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2004
An engaged and knowing look at the underground world of improvised rap, concentrating on artists less interested in commercial success and cutting records than in the 'spontaneous right now' of 'nonconceptual rhyme.'
July 21, 2004
A thoughtful overview of a major musical movement, from its churchy roots to its urban present, from its aggressive front to its spiritual underpinnings.
July 23, 2004
Very innovative chronicle of a notable culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2004
Watching some of the best freestylers riff like Charlie Parkers with thesauruses is often breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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