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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.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
A triumph from every angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Angela Baldassarre
August 9, 2005
Explosive Rize. Dance documentary exhilarating.
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2005
A vivid portrait of art rising from deprivation and social hopelessness.
| 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Part historical document, part social commentary, part guided tour through a tough neighbourhood.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
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| 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
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