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Rize Reviews

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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.
Matthew Leyland
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
Bob Westal
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Dealing with life's darkness is what this type of dancing is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 11, 2005
An unusual movie whose energy lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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.
Matthew Smith
Film Journal International
October 27, 2005
David LaChapelle's documentary is a spirited but less-than-insightful look at contemporary youth culture in south-central Los Angeles.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
A triumph from every angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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
Chris Barsanti
August 28, 2005
not much more than an extended infomercial
| Original Score: 2/5
Angela Baldassarre
August 9, 2005
Explosive Rize. Dance documentary exhilarating.
Top Critic
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2005
A vivid portrait of art rising from deprivation and social hopelessness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
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Part historical document, part social commentary, part guided tour through a tough neighbourhood.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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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-
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
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
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 7, 2005
Rize does not so much report on a cultural phenomenon as package it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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