Love Beats Rhymes (2017)


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When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice - and true love - in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common.

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Coco and Mahlik's scenes are the only ones that seem to take place on earth. Everything else is from some Maya Angelou-inspired Mars.

Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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With a plot as predictable as a haiku, RZA and screenwriter Nicole Jefferson Asher would have done better to embrace the strangeness.

Dec 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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There's not much added to the static thump of cliché in "Love Beats Rhymes" to give this tale of a struggling young female rapper-poet any special life.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite its frequently clunky dramaturgy, the film makes some interesting points while providing an excellent showcase for Banks' considerable onscreen charisma.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

RZA's direction lacks visual personality, but he keeps the narrative moving and elicits strong performances from his cast.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

[A] formulaic hip-hop romance.

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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