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Planet B-Boy Reviews

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
March 24, 2008
Still, from moment to moment, Planet B-Boy is fun, sometimes thrilling and packed with illuminating details and striking personalities
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 21, 2008
Though he doesn't break any new documentary ground, Lee knows how to shoot his subjects. Their stories are moving, and their moves are thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
March 21, 2008
Utilitarian documentary about international breakdancing championship in Germany proves lackluster in its depiction of inventive choreography and culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 21, 2008
Benson Lee's feel-good documentary profiles five break-dancing crews as they prepare to compete at German promoter Thomas Hergenrother's international 'Battle of the Year' in 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 21, 2008
The break-dancing documentary Planet B-Boy proves that what might be (but probably isn't) worth five minutes of your time while you're passing through the Times Square subway station really isn't worth a 11/2-hour movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 21, 2008
An independent generation's struggle to be understood by parents, the ravenous hunger to be affirmed as a champion, and the phenomenal creativity, skill, and athleticism of breaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 20, 2008
Lee does a decent job making us care for the squads, but he does his film a better service just by pointing his camera at the breath-taking contortions of the human body.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Pais
March 20, 2008
Will have you bobbing your head and tapping your feet, wishing you could contort yourself like that but knowing you'd probably displace a hip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
March 19, 2008
To think that this internationally-embraced dance form was started somewhere in the ghetto by a poor kid with nothing more than a radio and an unbridled passion for self-expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
March 19, 2008
Often exhilarating docu charts several breakdancing crews' path to the Battle of the Year, which hosts national winners from 18 countries -- not excluding Israel, Belgium or Latvia -- in dazzling competitive displays.
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
March 18, 2008
Notoriety and financial reward are hard to come by in the world of b-boying, a reality illuminated by Benson Lee's documentary.
Cole Smithey
March 17, 2008
"Planet B-Boy" takes a step toward bringing together foreign communities by sharing a communal model of freedom of expression--the freedom of movement.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2008
Director Benson Lee makes sure to serve up his topic's key points, but only in easy-to-digest bites that eschew any real investigation into the movement's history, pioneers, influences, and multicultural variations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 2, 2007
Director Lee uses some very whizzy editing, maintaining our interest over the long running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
June 30, 2007
As any good film that culminates in a dance competition must, it hypes the pounding music, cheering crowds, and mawkish family backstories to the extreme.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 27, 2007
The energy that flows out of the screen is not only uncontrollable, it is contagious. Miss this flick at your own risk.
| Original Score: 7/10
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5

National Post
October 18, 2008
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dave White
April 26, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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