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Rize Reviews

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June 27, 2005
It's an incomplete film. We don't get to know these kids well enough.
August 28, 2005
not much more than an extended infomercial
| Original Score: 2/5
June 26, 2005
Whenever we see them, they are either dancing or talking about dancing. We don't see their everyday lives, and hence don't get a feel for who they are.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 25, 2005
Offensive or enlightening? You tell me.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 21, 2005
The dance phenomenon appeals to the self-identifying needs we all want satisfied, but the doc is weighted down with far too much self promotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 27, 2005
David LaChapelle's documentary is a spirited but less-than-insightful look at contemporary youth culture in south-central Los Angeles.
June 24, 2005
Rize isn't a revolution. It's a fashion shoot.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2005
Rize does not so much report on a cultural phenomenon as package it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 27, 2005
...you get the feeling LaChapelle either missed something or simply didn't want to see any possible influences from "white" pop culture. They're there.
June 21, 2005
Few of the interviews get much further than recording surface boasts and assertive self-definitions; LaChapelle connects all their stories with common threads of resisting gang culture, but at the expense of flattening out each person's character.
June 24, 2005
LaChapelle gives the kids a platform, but he doesn't dare probe beneath the surface.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2005
LaChapelle does offer a revealing slice of South Central life, but treads some dicey waters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 6, 2005
Exuberant, colorful, viscerally exciting but overly flashy and sadly disorganized.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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
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.
July 1, 2005
As captured by LaChappelle, krumping is indeed compulsively watchable. But as packaged the experience of watching it falls short of being meaningful.
June 24, 2005
'Trend' or fad, Rize should endure as a piece of history.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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-
June 23, 2005
The most remarkable thing about Rize is that it is real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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