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Rize Reviews

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July 11, 2016
The doc doesn't go as deep as it could, but as a snapshot of a facet of hip-hop and pop culture, it's perfect, and devoid of the garish style of LaChapelle's photographs.
December 20, 2005
[F]or all its mis-steps, Rize gets by on enough jumping, pumping energy to fuel the national grid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2005
Dealing with life's darkness is what this type of dancing is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2005
An unusual movie whose energy lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 3, 2005
Recommended to fans, potential fans, and the curious; the main thing you can ask from a documentary is that it show you something new, and for me this one certainly did.
October 27, 2005
David LaChapelle's documentary is a spirited but less-than-insightful look at contemporary youth culture in south-central Los Angeles.
September 23, 2005
A triumph from every angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 2, 2005
It's as if he forgot he was making a gritty documentary and found himself shooting a Christina Aguilera video.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 28, 2005
not much more than an extended infomercial
| Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2005
Explosive Rize. Dance documentary exhilarating.
August 5, 2005
It's a well-known truth in the dance world that the body doesn't lie. As long as the characters in this film are dancing, we have little reason to doubt their sincerity. But once turned into talking heads, the dancers begin to sound like propagandists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2005
A vivid portrait of art rising from deprivation and social hopelessness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2005
Part historical document, part social commentary, part guided tour through a tough neighbourhood. It's also a super-adrenalized tribute to the transformative power of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 4, 2005
LaChapelle does an admirable job avoiding a pitfall by staving off pretense. He frames an unobtrusive canvas for the performers to stroke with flailing arms and jiggling hips
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2005
Rize is full of sugar-rush adrenaline, but it also has the presence of mind to cool our enthusiasm enough to pierce through to its issues' core.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
July 16, 2005
Dancers move at the speed of lightening, the camera almost unable to keep up with some of the motion, it nearly mutating into a giant spectacularly vigorous blur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2005
...succeeds as joyous entertainment so long as the bodies are flying, but dancers only seem to fly. What goes up usually comes down.
Read More | Original Score: A-
July 11, 2005
There is a sense of pride in these dancers. They are showing what they can do, not simply mimicking someone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 9, 2005
Visually stimulating and busting with jubilance...Rize is an irresistibly endearing showcase that brims with confidence and exhilaration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
LaChapelle's powerful street-dance documentary Rize never lets us forget that its subjects are dancing in a war zone. But dance they do, in a kind of controlled frenzy, with music throbbing and limbs whirling and swaying and pulsing to the beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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