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Light It Up Reviews

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October 3, 2017
... it's this sense of the "real" that not only keeps Light It Up lively but that marks it -- for all its visual flair -- as happily out of step with a zeitgeist enamored of naught but money and notoriety as the wildly overhyped millennium turns.
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2002
"The Breakfast Club" in the Ghetto
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Vanessa Williams adds marquee value as a police negotiator.
January 1, 2000
The protagonists of Light It Up seem strangely tender and vulnerable, and the movie does a remarkable job of making their plight moving.
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Craig Bolotin dares what few filmmakers have when dealing with such volatile subject matter; he takes the teens' side.
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly effective.
January 1, 2000
Strong acting, tense plot.
January 1, 2000
A fairly thoughtful look at the dangers of stereotyping and closed-minded thinking.
January 1, 2000
It has moments of effectiveness, some of the performances are moving, and the power-producer couple of Tracey E. Edmonds and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds obviously have only the best of community-minded, non-exploitative intentions.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Light It Up challenges the bureaucratic structure that condemns many children to an educational purgatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Nelson, Whitaker and their talented, young co-stars give this film most of whatever juice it has.
January 1, 2000
Decent, but hardly original, the film has enough moments and decent performances to keep things interesting.
January 1, 2000
Crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
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