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The Hip Hop Project Reviews

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August 30, 2007
Based on what we hear, though, it's hard to assess whether anyone has any breakthrough potential. Likewise, there's nothing remarkable about the filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 6, 2007
There's an inspirational story lurking within The Hip Hop Project, but directors Matt Ruskin and Scott K. Rosenberg can't quite seem to bring it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2007
Dramatically, the movie lacks motion -- the kids don't seem a lot better off at the end -- and the point of the program escapes me. These kids badly need an education.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2007
In fact, it is the tyro director's slapdash structure and pacing that distract from the film's content. A rather haphazard architect of his own material, Ruskin tends to rush certain crucial developments while lingering on more lackluster details.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 27, 2007
the bottom line is that Kazi and his cohorts would be even better served by a film that was more than only intermittently involving, and The Hip Hop Project is not that film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 10, 2007
Doesn't really make it clear how the program works or how it handles students that can't make the grade. Are sub-par rappers booted?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 11, 2007
The film meanders, sidetracks, and frustrates -- few of the rap songs, some of them boasting wildly inspired couplets, are shown and heard in their entirety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2007
The Hip Hop Project has a good heart and more than a little trouble organizing its thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2007
There is some inspired camera work during some of the performance sequences, but none of the performances themselves stick. It's a shame when a film about the power of music doesn't contain one memorable song.
May 10, 2007
Scenes that should be revelatory, such as a lyric-writing session, are sketchy and fail to give a sense of the work being done.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 30, 2007
Though burdened by a need to be uplifting, this commendable docu offers a slick yet affecting look at some aspiring inner-city youngsters, motivated by a charismatic teacher to find their voices figuratively and literally.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 10, 2007
There's not enough story to the story, which is curious, given that rap is ultimately a tale-telling medium.
May 11, 2007
All of this is related in a well-meaning, would-be uplifting but ultimately ham-handed manner somewhere between a PBS documentary and a TV movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 11, 2007
[Director] Ruskin is so awed by his subject that he never gains the distance needed to create a bigger, more powerful picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 19, 2007
Unfortunately, this is a Hallmark version of hip-hop-and it really hurts to knock this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 18, 2007
[A] powerful and, if we're lucky, influential documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 10, 2007
The film works best when it pays specific attention to how hard it is to write a rhyme worth hearing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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+
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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