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Light It Up Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
Snuff it out!
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 18, 2005
...isn't so much a bad movie as an unfinished movie
Read More | Original Score: C-
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 19, 2002
"The Breakfast Club" in the Ghetto
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Light It Up challenges the bureaucratic structure that condemns many children to an educational purgatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The problem is the movie is too predictable--so predictable that it keeps it from truly generating suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Nelson, Whitaker and their talented, young co-stars give this film most of whatever juice it has.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Five minutes into this formulaic flick, you'll think you collaborated on the screenplay.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Decent, but hardly original, the film has enough moments and decent performances to keep things interesting.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Radically dumb.
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A sluggish, superficial mess.
Aileo Weinmann
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Light It Up smolders and spits out some smoke, but no fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The dialogue is ridiculous and condescending.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Never gets beyond stereotypes.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A deluge of movies is set to be released in the next three weeks. One that should not be lost in the flood is Light It Up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A laughably disconnected hostage drama.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Light It Up benefits from affecting performances from a gifted cast headed by R&B heartthrob Usher Raymond.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Vanessa Williams adds marquee value as a police negotiator.
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
It begins as a high school comedy romp and then abruptly turns into a TV cop show-caliber thriller.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Too often writer/directors such as Light It Up's Craig Bolotin don't take the time to create a plausible plot and realistic dialog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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