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The Hip Hop Project Reviews

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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Rolle's passion and perseverance power the film, and along the way he gets a boost from rap mogul Russell Simmons and Bruce Willis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Variety
July 22, 2008
It makes the viewer uncomfortable, too -- but it's unquestionably honest, like so much of Hip-Hop.
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
September 18, 2007
[A] powerful and, if we're lucky, influential documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 23, 2007
Even if you don't particulary care for rap, The Hip Hop Project may persuade you that there's something to be said for it, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 12, 2007
A big, wet, sloppy valentine to hip-hop's power to give voice to the voiceless.
Full Review | Original Score: b
May 11, 2007
The story is compelling enough that even glib phrases like 'healing through hip-hop' can't drag it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 11, 2007
First-time director Matt Ruskin is a skilled documentarian; he releases information gradually so the narrative develops in an organic fashion that is consistently engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2007
Will the music of The Hip Hop Project album change your life? Likely, no. Did the process of making it change the lives of those involved in its creation? Undoubtedly. And that, perhaps, is inspiration enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 11, 2007
Net profits from the theatrical release of The Hip Hop Project will be donated to youth organizations, so you can feel doubly good about attending this modestly moving tribute to a small but significant kind of inner-city success.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 11, 2007
The live performances sizzle. Expect genuine passion behind the music, even when you wonder, as an MTV interviewer does during the film, whether these kids are that much more captivating than a million other hip-hop hopefuls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
May 11, 2007
Its most compelling message is about the importance and power of community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Wolf
Time Out
May 10, 2007
Despite a jumpy narrative, the film works because Kazi speaks to the kids on their level but from a slight elevation, and the honesty and raw emotion he draws out of them come through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2007
The commercial pressure that is often brought to bear on rappers to be scurrilous and offensive. This project, which was produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, shows that there is another way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jessica Grose
L.A. Weekly
May 10, 2007
This is a story you've heard before: Inner-city kids falling to drugs/crime/pregnancy are saved by the power of music/dance/art. Don't let that premise dissuade you from checking out this documentary.
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Chicago Reader
May 10, 2007
In a nation that's stripped arts instruction from the public schools, the Hip Hop Project seems like a godsend.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
The film works best when it pays specific attention to how hard it is to write a rhyme worth hearing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
May 9, 2007
As a simple story of inspiration, The Hip Hop Project fulfills its objectives.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
May 8, 2007
With 100% of the profits going to non-profit charities devoted to youth, The Hip Hop Project might be the first totally tax deductible movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jessica Grose
Village Voice
May 8, 2007
The most impressive accomplishment of Project is not the student-made album, but that when Kazi says cheesy things like 'This is healing through hip-hop,' you actually believe him.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
a terrific documentary about a program that aims not only to create new artists but also to teach them valuable lessons in life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 14, 2007
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