Freestyle Reviews

December 6, 2005
September 23, 2004
Watching some of the best freestylers riff like Charlie Parkers with thesauruses is often breathtaking.
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 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.
July 23, 2004
Very innovative chronicle of a notable culture.
July 23, 2004
Not since the groundbreaking Wild Style has there been a hip-hop film this exciting to watch.
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.
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 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 19, 2004
Impromtu energy.
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.
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.
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
July 13, 2004
Despite cloying narration, Fitzgerald's footage and interviews are fantastic.
December 8, 2002
Makes for an interesting close-up on an art form whose intricacies could all too easily go unnoticed.
January 21, 2002
Ebullient hip-hop documentary.